Precarity

Precarity is a condition of instability and insecurity in employment and affluence. In the 1950’s it first emerged to describe a new type of condition afflicting many workers. It has gained prominence as the language by which to think labor under the joint conditions of digital media and globalization. But technology is not definitive, arguably all labor on earth is now entangled with this situation.

Precarity demarcates a condition in flux, it has no fixed category. Rather it is a state, constantly amenable to change as between gas, liquid, and solid. It demarcates persons who are vulnerable to cadences and momentums of the market, politics, and environment. It is therefore a sensorial condition, impacting the body and the psyche, making us constantly attuned to change, and always prepared for disaster.