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Smile! Emotions at work

Group show with works by Cally Spooner
Musée d’art de Joilette, Quebec, Canada
Oct 2, 2021 - January 9, 2022

This group show of artists from Quebec, Canada, and abroad addresses the role and nature of emotions in the world of work and, more generally, throughout our capitalist technological culture. The project is built in two parts, one devoted to emotions generated by contemporary transformations of the workplace, and the other to emotions that are literally put to work. These two broad sections of the exhibition are articulated around the following interrogations: What is the impact of the transformations of the market and of working conditions on the bodies, gestures, emotions, and behaviour of workers? How are emotions worked upon and how are they commercialized in a service economy where workers’ ability to master their emotions (what we call emotional work) plays an important role and where technology is used to transform what we feel into exploitable capital?

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