Precarity as Fuel


Saturday 30/04/2016, 14-17h & 19:30-22h


Afternoon workshop and evening program, organized by Roel Griffioen and Abel Heijkamp in collaboration with Casco, Office for Art, Design, and Theory .


The age of the post-war welfare state, in which the state offered some degree of protection and security in exchange for governmental legitimacy, is over. Insecurity is employed to fuel “economic development”, “urban innovation”, or to generate “fluidity” in the housing market. Meanwhile, project-based work, flexible contracts, low and irregular wages, and vulnerable living conditions become the standard. In times of isolation and “de-solidarization”, how can we propose new forms of collective living, of political agency? Can precarity be polarized?


These questions, as well as similar ones, will first be assessed in practice-oriented workshop (14:00-17:00, on invitation) on the precarization of working and living.


The evening program (19:30-22:00 open for all) will be more theoretical in nature, and will feature an introduction by organizer Roel Griffioen on precarity and the so-called “creative class”, presentations by geographer Carla Huisman (University of Groningen) and by poet Frank Keizer. The evening will conclude with a talk by artists Vermeir & Heiremans, followed by a screening of their new film Masquerade (2015).


Please rsvp for this event by sending an e-mail to Ying Que at


The event is organized within the framework of the independent research project The Front Line.