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Ben Cain

Uses of Leisure

€ 2000

2019 Softcover, 128 pages, 16.5 x 23.5 cm Published by WIELS, Brussels
Edited by: David Price
Texts by: Ben Cain, JJ Charlesworth, Bridget Crone, Patrick Lacey, Rose Lejeune, Cuauhtémoc Medina
Designed by: Åbäke
Supported by The CASS

ISBN 978-2-9602388-0-8

The book is a loose aggregate of Ben Cain’s practice from the past ten years or so, with thirty projects distributed according to a subjective categorization of work / leisure / rest.

Throughout his career Ben Cain (b.1975 Leeds, lives and works in London and Zagreb) has worked with sculpture, installation, theatre, sound, performance, and publication. His practice deals with themes of work, labour, and artistic action. He has recurrently explored art’s ambiguous relationship to industry, commodification and immaterial labour, and is interested in how artworks might pose questions about what we think they are doing and, by implication, our role as viewers in their social and cultural production.

The publication features an introduction by the artist & author David Price and writing by JJ Charlesworth (senior editor at ArtReview magazine), Bridget Crone (curator, writer and lecturer at Goldsmiths, the University of London), Emma Hoette (storyteller), Rose Lejeune (independent curator and researcher), Cuauhtémoc Medina (head curator at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo) and Patrick Lacey. It is designed by the transdisciplinary graphic design collective Åbäke.