Impulse: Work is the basis of existence, an act of creation. An intrinsic human right. Homo sapiens is also homo faber, a labourer. Work is at the same time boring, an effort, a necessary evil. Work is hard, idleness is a nightmare.
Rijeka is a city of labour. Population growth depended on industry, the port and their related work opportunities. Most of those workplaces have disappeared over the last two decades. Rijeka has been deindustrialised, but it has never transformed from and industrial centre to a centre of knowledge. Rijeka and its immediate cultural surroundings is a region with one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, with a devastating unemployment rate among young people. Precarious work has become a rule in the European south.
Contemporary society is no longer able to support permanent employment. Despite our planet’s incredibly abundant eco-system, the manufacturing sector stumbles, people are being pushed out of the labour market, institutions of solidarity are crumbling, and marginalisation is rampant. Work in its traditional sense is no longer an instrument of social development. Who better to tell this story than artists and creative minds who have always survived using irregular and inadequate support for their work?