All in a Day’s Work
28 July – 19 August 2018
Sat–Sun, 11—5pm or by appointment
Preview: Friday 27 July, 7—10pm
Rhubaba is delighted to present All in a Day’s Work, a listening lounge curated by Andrea Zarza. The lounge invites visitors to engage with curated playlists of archival and contemporary sound recordings. These recordings explore themes related to ‘labours of love’, such as artistic, affective and domestic labour.
The concept of ‘labour of love’ was first used by radical feminist Betsy Warrior in 1969 to ironically describe the endless chores performed by women within the home. The concept has been recently revisited to critically theorise modes of contemporary labour that exploit one’s desire and drive for self-fulfilment. By blurring the boundaries between leisure and work, work becomes an endless pursuit. Individual listening stations within the gallery space will enable listeners to take different (physical) positions in which they will explore the struggle of what is all in a day’s work.
Andrea Zarza Canova is an archivist and curator with a degree in philosophy. She was born in Madrid, Spain, has lived in London since 2011, and works as a curator at the British Library Sound Archive. She has worked with the London Musicians’ Collective Archive at the University of the Arts London Archive and Special Collections Centre, at the Deep Listening Institute (Kingston, NY, USA) and at the Pacific Radio Archives (Los Angeles, CA, USA). She has curated listening spaces with archival sound recordings as part of David Byrne’s Meltdown Festival (Southbank Centre, London) and the No Play! exhibition at nGbK (Berlin, Germany) and produced radio programmes for NTS Radio and RRS Radio Reina Sofía. Her record label, Mana Records, run with Matthew Kent, publishes works at the intersection of contemporary and archival sound. She has recently co-curated the exhibition Charivaria with José Luis Espejo, at CentroCentro Gallery in Madrid, Spain.