Music at work: enactments of power, identity and agency
In Conversation: Emma Smith & Marek Korczynski
Monday 16 November, 18.00-20.00

Join artist Emma Smith and Professor Marek Korczynski for an ‘in-conversation’ on the history of whistling and work songs. From the factories of Radford to the country fields we will explore whistles and ditties as a democratic form of music making and act of solidarity.

How is music used at work? And by whom? What psychologies are at play when we are made to listen to music while we work? What forms of protest and defiance are enacted when we produce it for ourselves? Looking at both historical and contemporary practices we will explore the subtle manipulations and enactments of power, identity and agency through whistle and song.

This event takes place as part of a commission for a new artwork by Emma Smith that will take the form of an orchestral score performed by a whistling orchestra. Come along and find out more about the project.

For more information, please email gro.y1532330676ramir1532330676perae1532330676w@tra1532330676nieb.1532330676acceb1532330676er1532330676

Artist Emma Smith is based in the UK and works internationally. Exhibitions / performances include Jerwood Gallery (2015), Kunstmuseum Luzern (2015), Arnolfini (2015), Fabriken for Kunst og Design (2014), ICA (2013) and Tate Modern (2012). Emma is an Associate Artist of Artsadmin.

Marek Korczynski is a Professor of Sociology of Work at the University of Nottingham. Among his books are ‘Songs of the Factory’ (Cornell University Press, 2014), and ‘Rhythms of Labour: Music at Work in Britain’ (co-authored, Cambridge University Press, 2013). He has presented at festivals in Holland, Switzerland and Sweden.

Photos by: M. Rodriguez


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