Why is maintenance so difficult to talk about?

We don’t have the right words or metaphors yet. The Festival of Maintenance (FoM) is a celebration of those who maintain different parts of our world, and how they do it, recognising the often hidden work done in repair, custodianship, stewardship, tending and caring for the things that matter. FoM is highly interdisciplinary, and as extrapolated by Shannon Mattern with such exquisite care, both its strength and its curse. … Continue reading Why is maintenance so difficult to talk about?

Virtual Event: The Gig Economy, A Precarious Form of Maintenance

Please join us for a discussion about the “gig economy” and maintenance. Gig workers (shoppers, drivers, etc) sustain daily life, and as such have been recognized as “essential workers.” But this dependence on gig workers raises an important question: what steps do companies, governments, and individuals take to maintain gig workers–or, in other words, to ensure that this form of labor is sustainable? Continue reading Virtual Event: The Gig Economy, A Precarious Form of Maintenance