WAGES FOR WAGES AGAINST
is a campaign that aims for the general payment of artist fees by non-profit art institutions within Switzerland.
At the moment most art institutions in Switzerland don’t systematically pay fees to artists who take part in their programs.
We, artists, want to be compensated financially for the services we provide.
We do not think exposure is enough as payment.
We do not want to speculate on our own commercial success, therefore waiting on the art market to decide whether our work deserves remuneration.
We want to minimize financial inequalities within the Swiss art community, therefore opening the field to individuals with a less comfortable economic situation.
Whenever possible, we ask our fellow artists to demand a fee when they enter in relation to an art organization, or make a funding application.
We require non-profit art institutions to pay all artists they work with, and put a distinctive line on their operating budget for artist fees.
We demand public authorities and private foundations in Switzerland to establish new directives advocating the payment of artist fees by cultural organizations they financially support.
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March 9-10-11, 2018
Tunnel Tunnel, Lausanne
WORKSHOPS, LECTURE & DISCUSSIONS
on artist’s remuneration and precarity in the art field
Friday March 9th, 7pm
Lecture by JOANNA FIGIEL (in English)
This lecture will attempt to engage with the vast array of issues faced by those trying to make a living, pursue a meaningful career or simply survive in the sphere of artistic, cultural and creative work, by looking at the general history of art workers movements, ideologies and politics, and further turn to a number of recent projects exploring and engaging with these issues.
Saturday March 10th, 11am-5pm
Workshop with JOANNA FIGIEL (in English and French)
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We will discuss how the problems of precarious labour are manifested and contested in the context of contemporary art practice, how precarity is addressed and conceptualised by art and cultural workers, how we can manage our individual expectations and ambitions vs the reality of the art world/art economy, individuality vs collectivity, and what kind of tools art workers use when seeking to change precarious working conditions in their local contexts, which strategies are successful and where are their limits.
Joanna Figiel is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Culture Policy Management, University of London. Her research focuses on the changing compositions of labour, precarity, and policy in the creative and cultural sectors. She has worked with groups including the Citizen’s Forum for Contemporary Art in Poland and the Precarious Workers Brigade in the UK, and collaborates with the Free/Slow University of Warsaw and the ArtLeaks collective.
Sunday March 11th, 2-5pm
Workshop with ANNE PAPILLOUD & PATRICK MANGOLD (in French)
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Presentation of various administrative and legal issues related to the commitments as employee or independent. Everything you've always wanted to know about contracts, foreign-related contracts, occupational provisions, sickness or accident case, unemployment issues.
Anne Papilloud is Secretary of SSRS (Syndicat Suisse Romand du Spectacle).
Patrick Mangold is a lawyer specialist in labour law within the art fields and dancer.
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With the support of Loterie Romande, Fondation de Famille Sandoz, Canton de Vaud, Ville de Lausanne, Ernst & Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Fondation Emilie Gourd & HEAD – Genève.
Friday November 10, 2017
7 pm, Up State, Zurich
SZENEN ÜBER SERVICES UND KAPITALIEN
An open discussion with Stephan Dillemuth and Ramaya Tegegne on Andrea Fraser & Helmut Draxler’s project “Services: The Conditions and Relations of Project Oriented Artistic Practice“ at Kunstraum Lüneburg in 1994.
And new T-shirts for the campaign!:
October 11, 2017
Swiss Art Awards Catalogue 2017 (in French and English):
Interview with Wages For Wages Against by Simon Würsten
Friday September 29, 2017
7-11 pm, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
STEDELIJK BOOK CLUB – PRINT! PRESS! PUBLISH!
Book table with Oraibi + Beckbooks, organized by Offprint
Wages For Wages Against in collaboration w/ ORAIBI + BECKBOOKS presents a selection of books related to the circulation of money in the artworld and the question of artist remuneration. Come by!
Friday August 25, 2017
Article in Le Courrier (in French):
by Emmanuelle Fournier-Lorentz
Wednesday August 16, 2017
7 pm, Kunsthalle Bern
ARTIST REMUNERATION & UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
Lectures with Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E.) & Enno Schmidt
Organised by Tirdad Zolghadr for Sommerakademie Paul Klee
What are the possibilities for artists who wish to share responsibility for the economic realities that surround them? Today’s context actually does offer strategies that enjoy a surprising degree of traction and success. From professional pressure groups demanding fair remuneration, to broader social movements tackling the very idea of wages, and of a universal income. Together, artists Lise Soskolne and Enno Schmidt will address the best-case scenarios, and the means required to get us there.
Lise Soskolne is an artist who makes paintings and enjoys writing. She is the core organizer of W.A.G.E., Working Artists and the Greater Economy, a NY based activist organization that works to establish sustainable economic relationships between artists and the institutions that contract their work. W.A.G.E. introduces mechanisms for self-regulation into the art field that collectively bring about a more equitable distribution of its economy.
Enno Schmidt is an artist based in Basel. He works with painting as well as film & video, and has exhibited internationally, also teaching at a number of institutions. Within Switzerland, Schmidt has become a protagonist of the international movement for a Universal Basic Income. Together with entrepreneur Daniel Häni, he initiated the national referendum “Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen” of June 2016. Schmidt's 2008 film “Grundeinkommen – ein Kulturimpuls“ has been viewed 2 Million times, and was translated into 20 languages.
Friday June 2, 2017, 5 pm
at Frode Café
Forde, Coulouvrenière 11, 2nd floor, 1204 Geneva
OPEN DISCUSSION ON ARTISTS FEES
hosted by Lauren Huret and Tiphanie Blanc
Saturday March 4, 2017, 4 pm
ARTISTS, DO YOU WANT TO BE PAID?
with Marina Vishmidt
a talk and public discussion organized by Ramaya Tegegne
Marina Vishmidt, London-based writer, editor, critic and cultural organizer occupied mainly with questions around art, labour, value and feminism. She contributes regularly to Mute, May, Afterall, e-flux, Texte Zur Kunst, Parkett and related periodicals and catalogues. She has taught at many art universities including Goldsmiths, Dutch Art Institute, Central Saint Martins and University of the Art Berlin.
March 4 - May 7, 2017
in the context of the exhibition Speak, Lokal
Launch of the campaign WAGES FOR WAGES AGAINST,
and release of the booklet with interviews on artist fees conducted by Ramaya Tegegne with Judith Welter, Balthazar Lovay, Bea Schlingelhoff, Harry Burke and Lise Soskolne.
Available now through Oraibi + Beckbooks
RELATED CAUSES WORLDWIDE
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), USA
Paying Artists, UK
KRO/KIF – The MU Agreement, Sweden
Économie solidaire de l’art, France
Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC)
European Artists’ Rights