Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez


After Work | Four Futures
Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez


Two specters are haunting earth in the 21st-century: ecological catastrophe and technological automation. Taken to their logical extremes, these twin anxieties will drive the end of capitalism. What are the implications of artificial intelligence, automation, and the future of work? This video draws adapted text from social critic Peter Frase’s 2016 book, Four Futures, and archival footage from the Prelinger Archives, to form a speculative exercise in social science fiction.

Anxious to Make is the collaborative practice of Liat Berdugo and Emily Martinez, two commissioning bodies. Our focus is on the so-called “sharing economy” and the contemporary artist’s “anxiety to make” in the accelerationist, neoliberal economic landscape. While Anxious to Make’s physical existence takes many shifting forms, it often manifests as series of video commissions, downloads, online generators, workshops, net art interventions, and sweepstakes. Anxious to Make believes in absurdist extremes as way to examine contemporary realities. Our work has appeared recently in EMMEDIA (Calgary, CA), Transmediale (Berlin, DE), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, NL), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO).