Since the imposition of neoliberalism in the 1970s, an emphasis on ideas of independence and flexibility has increasingly blurred the boundaries between our work environment and our own lives. In response to these unstable conditions, this project questions the contemporary idealisation of the independent and flexible work that encourages competition, personal entrepreneurship and self-definition over collective ideals of society.
Ignacio centres the project on his own personal life and practice, from his birthplace in Santiago, Chile to his current home of Haggerston, London. In this neighbourhood, he brings together a group of independent workers to co-produce an immersive, site-specific performative event which, through collaboration, seeks to question the idea of control and authorship.
The event works with the idea of a rehearsal in order to narrate and renegotiate the process of working with a community to create new forms of collective actions. These actions seek to expose the ‘everyday’ and the ‘personal’ in a public sphere, questioning the actual relations between work and life. Through the intersection of these local stories, the project aims to reflect critically on a global context of increasing precarity and overworking, and hopes to identify possible alternatives and sites of resistance.
1. An Independent and Flexible and Precarious and Overworked Rehearsal I. Ignacio Rivas, 2019
2. An Independent and Flexible and Precarious and Overworked Rehearsal II. Ignacio Rivas, 2019
3. An Independent and Flexible and Precarious and Overworked Rehearsal III. Ignacio Rivas, 2019