werker abc is the first publication of the werker series. it was distributed among our fellow students at the gerrit rietveld academy during the ‘graduation show’ exhibition. it relates imagery of ‘young men at work’ assembled from many different sources on internet with contemporary male-leftist theory on labour, also derived from internet. while these homoerotic leftist readers were distributed in the art academy, ‘werker abc – slideshow’ was being displayed in contemporary art screen zuidas next to amsterdam’s world trade centre.
In acquiring new productive forces men change their mode of production; and in changing their mode of production, in changing the way of earning their living, they change all their social relations. The hand-mill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam-mill society with the industrial capitalist. The same men who establish their social relations in conformity with the material productivity, produce also principles, ideas, and categories, in conformity with their social relations. Thus the ideas, these categories, are as little eternal as the relations they express. They are historical and transitory products. (...) The production relations of every society form a whole. - The Poverty of Philosophy 
vraag hoe we in een samenleving die steeds meer draait om efficiëntie, ruimte kunnen behouden voor dingen die dat per definitie niet zijn?