Maria Eichhorn Symposium

Saturday 23 April, 11 am - 6 pm

Chisenhale Gallery

64 Chisenhale Road
London E3 5QZ

T: +44 (0)20 8981 4518

Tickets: £10 / £7 concessions including lunch and refreshments.
 Tickets must be booked in advance.

To book tickets please click here.

Chisenhale Gallery presents 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours, the first solo exhibition in the UK and a new commission by Berlin-based artist, Maria Eichhorn. 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours is a two-part work examining contemporary labour conditions.

The exhibition opens with a one-day symposium exploring ideas raised by the project.
 At Eichhorn’s request, the gallery’s staff will then withdraw their labour for the remaining five weeks of the exhibition. None of Chisenhale’s employees will work during this period and the gallery and office will be closed, implementing leisure and free time in the place of work. For more information about the exhibition please click here.

The symposium features lectures by Isabell Lorey and Stewart Martin and will be chaired by Andrea Phillips. The afternoon will be devoted to a discussion with the audience, in which Maria Eichhorn will also participate. To read abstracts of the lectures by Lorey and Martin please click here.

Newly commissioned texts by Isabell Lorey and Stewart Martin will be published online in April 2016 – on Chisenhale Gallery’s website and as part of the How to work together ‘Think Tank’ – along with a transcript of a discussion with Eichhorn and Chisenhale Gallery staff, which took place in July 2015.

Saturday 23 April 2016, 11am–6pm (registration at 10:45)

Audio recordings will be available online following the event.

Maria Eichhorn
5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours
23 April – 29 May 2016

Maria Eichhorn’s commission is part of the third and final year of How to 
work together, a shared programme of contemporary art commissioning and research by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire. For more information please click here.

How to work together is supported by a capacity building and match-funding grant from Arts Council England through Catalyst Arts, with additional support from Bloomberg and Jerwood Charitable Foundation and with additional funding for the 2016 commissions from Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.

Lead Supporter of Maria Eichhorn’s commission: Shane Akeroyd.

With additional support from the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Exhibition Programme 2016 is supported by Nicoletta Fiorucci.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Talks & Events Programme 2016 is supported by Helen Thorpe.



Isabell Lorey is a political theorist at the European Institute of Progressive Cultural Policies (EIPCP) in Berlin, member of the editorial collective Transversal Texts (transversal.at), Professor for Political Science at the University of Kassel, and author of State of Insecurity: Government of the Precarious (Verso Futures, 2015).

Stewart Martin is Reader in Philosophy and Fine Art at Middlesex University in London and member of the Editorial Collective of the journal, Radical Philosophy.

Andrea Phillips is a Chisenhale Gallery Trustee and PARSE Professor of Art and Head of Research, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.