Digital Labor

Caroline Woolard

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Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York who works between the solidarity economy and conceptual art. Making media, sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange, forgotten histories, and desire inducing narratives. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. Sensing that each project transforms the people who make it, Woolard opens spaces for co-production rather than toiling alone. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production; three long-term infrastructure projects that support short-term artworks: a studio space, OurGoods.org, and Trade School.coop. Working with conceptual artists, educators in the solidarity economy movement, and technologists in start-ups, Caroline Woolard labors for political economies of cooperation.


Case Studies in Solidarity, not “Sharing” Economies
If resource sharing is a paradigm of the 21st century, how do we build trust and communicate effectively at intimate-distance? This talk will explore the subjectivities made (im)possible by solidarity economies, both analog and digital. Culled from six years of research and development as a co-founder of OurGoods.org and Trade School.coop, two barter networks for cultural producers, as well as the media coordinator of SolidarityNYC.org, Woolard’s talk reflects upon a contemporary fumbling for sharing relationships in a networked information age.