As the first significant overview of the work by artist Olivia Plender, this monograph navigates through the evolving attitudes to historical and contemporary forms of communication and education that her research based practice has explored for the last ten years. From the reappraisal of Plender’s project Google Office (2010), in which artistic agency meets Liberation Management, to rethinking of the Open University as a model where the educational role of television and its relation to the public was reconfigured, her work is a critical envisioning of labor’s extensive influence; addressing the work ethic embedded into mainstream educational systems during the industrial era, and the alternative movements that placed creativity and the arts as central to an attempt at emancipation. In specially commissioned essays, as well as interviews, archival material, and new texts by the artist, this publication addresses the in-depth investigation of Plender’s research and artwork into educational models and their relation to social organisation.
Co-published with Arnolfini; The Banff Centre; CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; and MK Gallery. Design by Nuno da Luz