Categories: Visual Arts
Inside the bowels of the third industrial revolution lies the so-called “sharing” economy. “For-profit “sharing” represents by far the fastest-growing source of un- and under-regulated commercial activity,” wrote Noam Scheiber. Meanwhile, the income gap widens between the entrepreneur, the user, and the lowly serf who executes errands under precarious conditions masked by the phraseology of sharing. Thus, in this conglomeration of cyber-disautomation and task-farming, we find ourselves anxious to make more: more money, more clicks, more friends, more love, more tweets, more shows, more ideas, more originality, more experiences. We — Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez — formed the two-person artist collective “Anxious to Make” in order to aggregate this anxiety for more and produce work through the sharing economy itself. How can we, as artists and cultural producers, make works that comment on and shape the state of the sharing economy through the systems of this capitalist marketplace?