Red May presents: Jason Smith
Innovation. Smart devices. Dazzling stock prices for tech companies. The promise of a new machine age sparking worries about accelerated joblessness thanks to next wave forms of automation. In Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation (Field Notes), Jason E. Smith looks behind the techno-hype to lay out a different story: the realities of a period of economic slowdown and expanding debt, with low growth rates and an increase of labor-intensive jobs at the bottom of the service sector. He shows how increasing inequality and poor working conditions have led to new forms of workers’ struggles. Ours is less an age of automation, Smith contends, than one in which stagnation is intertwined with class conflict.
Jason E. Smith is currently Chair of the Graduate Art MFA program at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His writing and research are largely concerned with contemporary art and aesthetics, modern continental philosophy (Spinoza, Hegel, 20th century), and post-1968 political thought (primarily French and Italian).