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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Friday September 29, 2017
7-11 pm, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
STEDELIJK BOOK CLUB – PRINT! PRESS! PUBLISH!
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 and visit us to discuss!
Friday August 25, 2017
Article in Le Courrier (in French):
FAUT-IL PAYER LES ARTISTES?
by Emmanuelle Fournier-Lorentz
Wednesday August 16, 2017
7 pm, Kunsthalle Bern
ARTIST REMUNERATION & UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME
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