Rebellious Books: an exploration

Reading circle with Lale Rodgarkia-Dara

Rebellious Books: an exploration
Reading circle with Lale Rodgarkia-Dara


Duration: 17:00 – 18:30h

AK-Bibliothek & Infothek
Hanuschgasse 3, 8020 Graz

Starting: 14.11.21, 17:00, Free admission
Reading circle with Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, “Rebellious Books: an exploration”, 2021 © Johanna Lamprecht

As part of the “Rebellious Books” project, a reading group will be held in dialogue with media artist and author Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, together with a reading to introduce the texts. Together we will be opening up and discussing excerpts from the following books: Arlie Russell Hochschild, The Managed Heart: Commercialization of human feelings (1983); Ursula Huws, Labor in the Global Digital Economy: The cybertariat comes of age (2014); Sarah T. Roberts, Behind the Screen: Content moderation in the shadows of social media (2019) and Ursula Huws, Re-inventing the Welfare State (2020).

In her analyses, Ursula Huws traces the formation of a supposedly self-defined proletariat. Sarah T. Roberts characterises contemporary workers who moderate, censor and clean up “user-generated content” from social media. Arlie Russell Hochschild’s 1983 study on the marketing of the eternal smiles of airline stewardesses shows the influence of working life on the control and regulation of one’s feelings in private life. Then as now, the costs of subsequent psychological damage are ultimately borne by the workers themselves.


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Lale Rodgarkia-Dara (c) Speis Sabella

Lale Rodgarkia-Dara is a media installer, electro-acoustician and author based in Vienna. Her participatory projects in literature and media art mostly take place in public, transitory spaces or on the radio. She is the strategic director of Radio Helsinki, producer in the international art radio network and part of the collective Mz * Baltazar’s Laboratory. Last public screenings: Live radio play Aramesh (2021), concert at re: composed with duo partner JUUN “Under the given circumstances” (2021). Since 2003 she has held radio workshops with young people and adults and gives lectures in formal and informal educational institutions and universities (TU Wien, Kunstuni Graz, TU Graz, AbK Wien).

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