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Cutting Slack extended until February 15th

TitleCutting Slack extended until February 15th
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of PublicationSubmitted
AuthorsRidgway R
Series Titlen.e.w.s
Keywords* leisure * performative * productivism * slackers, Andy Abbot, Brian Holmes, Chris Carlsson, Chris Rojek, Federico Geller, Felicity Scott, Hideous Beasts, Karen Andreassian, Katherine Carl, McKenzie Wark, Prayas Abhinav, Randall Szott, Renée Ridgway, Sal Randolph, Stephen Wright

By both slacking off from the imperative to work and, symmetrically, deliberately abstaining from leisure, slackers embody a fascinating – and for the productivist majority, infuriating – performative paradox. Slackers don’t “just” slack off; they go at it full-tilt. Performing laziness – that is, the studied and ostentatious practice of doing not much – is all-consuming. But is it subversive?