Artists have long confronted the interplay of autonomy and precarization. But today as these conditions become more general conditions of work and life in the developed world, and show no signs of abating in the developing world, this tension has become a widespread social phenomenon. Indeed the mechanism by which artists legitimate their precarity by pointing to their supposed freedom and independence is now a familiar discourse across the employment landscape, and indeed in the realm of social reproduction.
Thus it becomes all the more timely to examine the constitutive political and economic entanglement of the modern ideas of autonomy and precarization, including their ideological origins in the romance of the creative genius. In contemporary neoliberal regimes the autonomous individual finds her/himself in a process of fundamental change. The relationship between autonomy and precarization is renewed and heightened and becomes an instrument of further domination in combination with self-responsibility.
How are autonomy and precarization intertwined with financialization? Are there possibilities for cooperation, for the development of the common when social relations are turned into something economic and work is not even recognized as work that is to be paid for? Where can we find example of new practices and expressions operating within and beyond this precarization?
Harney and Lorey will discuss the meaning of concepts like autonomy and freedom against the background of algorithms and logistics and the thematization of new and persistent forms of subjectivization.