(UN)PRODUCTIVE is a zine project that addresses the entanglement of artmaking and capitalist notions of productivity and labour, particularly while in a pandemic. Attempting to pull away from artistic pressures around maximizing time, profitability, and production, we asked eight artists to play with what (un)productive art means to them.
The project seeks to stimulate conversation and practice around anti-capitalist modes of productivity in a playful and self-reflexive way: do unfinished napkin doodles and bad fridge poetry become productive once published? Does this push the boundaries of productivity, or uphold them? At what point does artmaking for pleasure become labour? How can we create alternate systems where self-worth is no longer tied to productivity?
The zine will be hand-delivered between the artists' homes throughout the month of August, functioning as a collective sketchbook/journal. In early September, it will be distributed amongst the communtiy for free, with a select number of copies available as mail-outs. Although anyone can request a mail-out zine, in order to make the project accessible to folks who are staying home for any reason, a percentage of the copies will be reserved for those who self-identify as immunocompromised, mentally ill, or disabled.
If you are interested in receiving a free copy of the zine by mail, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and full address!
Thank you to the City of Victoria for its assistance through the Everyday Creativity Grant.