Werktitel, the podcast about working in the arts made by Alix de Massiac and Zoë Dankert
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The rhythm of the working week goes as follows: from 9 to 5, from Monday to Friday. That temporal separation feels natural, but why is that the case? All kinds of people working in the arts talk about pacing: the pace of the past, the pace of today, and their own pace as working people. People whose work dwells in the shadows of machines, people trying to keep up with the pace of an arts institution, and people who live according to the four seasons. Science has been whispering it in our ear for a while now: we’re speeding. Passionate work diluted with a 24/7 work ethic has become a poisonous cocktail that leads us straight down the burnout rabbit hole.

To recognise these signs and get Steve Jobs’ take on work, tune into this episode that plays with rhythm, tempo, and time. The soundscape by Nathalie Bruys is made of found samples and beats and takes you through the lives and experiences of artists, directors, writers, daily managers, project managers, curators, and one researcher who tries to kiss topicality farewell.

In this episode, Werktitel talks to Alex de Vries, Annet Zondervan, Eelco van der Lingen, Femke Haijtema, Geeske Pluijmers, Hans den Hartog Jager, Jessy Koeiman, Katía Truijen, Kim de Haas, Kris Dittel, Maaike Lauwaert, Maartje Korstanje, Marten Kuijpers, Nadine Rooij, Nat Muller, Nathalie Hartjes, Rosa Paardenkooper, Thijs Lijster, and Yvonne Grootenboer.

Please note: This episode is available only in Dutch.

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Werktitel was recorded, written, produced, and edited in 2021 by Alix de Massiac and Zoë Dankert. Sound art and mixing based on found sounds and samples by Nathalie Bruys. Graphic design: Elisabeth Klement.

Send your questions and comments to contact@werktitel.org. You can follow Werktitel on Instagram. For more information about this and previous episodes, visit the website of Werktitel, where you can also find English transcripts of each episode.