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Established in 2008, Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) is a union for reflective practice.


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As a union for artists, makers, and creative practitioners of all kinds, ILSSA focuses on improving the immaterial working conditions of our members. ILSSA publishes contemplative tools and resources; organizes participatory projects, exhibitions, and events; facilitates an annual group residency; and observes an annual holiday, the Festival to Plead for Skills. ILSSA seeks to restore the relationship between makers and their tools, makers and their time, and makers and what they make: their lives.

ILSSA's projects and publications often take the form of a call-and-response. Calls have included a survey asking members to assess their working conditions as impractical laborers, a workbook inviting members to ruminate on their relationship and experience with time, a chronobiological self-test, a request for member manifestos, and a solicitation of essential tools for living. Participation in these projects often leads to additional publications and exhibitions.

ILSSA members' interests vary widely, from fibers to sonic meditation, poetry to animation. What unites all members is a valuation of process, exemplified by our motto, As Many Hours As It Takes!

All who are interested in learning more about ILSSA are welcome to subscribe to the ILSSA Listserv, and/or find us on Instagram.


Membership Levels

Basic Member

Free! Benefits: join the ILSSA listserv, be listed in the Union Membership directory, participate in events such as the Festival to Plead for Skills, Impractical Labor Day Parties, and the Residency. Please note, you do not receive print publications at this membership level.

Free! Kindly email operator(-at-)impractical-labor.org to get started!

Member-Subscriber

All the benefits of Membership, but including a one-year subscription to the ILSSA Quarterly, enabling participation in the exhibitions and publications that result from this activity.

Would you like copies of all back issue publications with your 1-year subscription? Select the back issues option below and receive all publications still in print; save 20%!

ILSSA Member-Subscriber

ILSSA Booster

Your gift supports ILSSA and our endeavors. We are grateful for your generosity!


Subscription Levels

If you are not interested in becoming a member yourself, but would like to collect ILSSA publications for research purposes, you are invited to select from the options below. Institutions: you may also subscribe to Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts through EBSCO.

Subscriber

A one-year subscription to the ILSSA Quarterly, beginning with the current issue.

Would you like copies of all available in-print publications with your subscription? Select the back issues option and save 20%!

ILSSA Subscriber

ILSSA Booster

Your gift supports ILSSA and our endeavors. We are grateful for your generosity!


Alternate Payment Arrangements

If you prefer to pay by check or make alternate payment arrangements, please email us at operator(-at-)impractical-labor.org.


As Many Hours As It Takes!