Project: Freedom from Everything

As traditional jobs are increasingly replaced by systems that rely on independent contract work, crowd­sourcing or other forms of uncompensated labor, a new kind of worker is emerging. Freedom from Everything explores the massive transformations of economy, labor and life in response to these new forms of employment. What can we expect work to look like in the future? This project will be presented in several forms, including an archive, a video and a performance. 

Awardee: Ben Thorp Brown

Performing Arts, 2016

Ben Thorp Brown is an artist living and working in New York. Much of his work is made with video, performance, and sculptural installation, and involves embedded research and collaboration with a range of participants. He has exhibited recent work in The Whitney Museum's Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016, MoMA PS1's Greater New York, The Vienna Biennale 24/7 the human condition, and Chance Motives SculptureCenter. He has participated in residencies through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program and at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. He received a B.A. from Williams College, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.