25 Jul 2023


Soft Life: Work

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Our ways of working aren’t working. How can art offer new ways of being outside of the values of hustle culture?

We explore changing attitudes to work post-pandemic and re-evaluate the importance of rest as a creative space. We hear from Bayo Akomolafe about the fertile spaces of the cracks, Black Power Naps on rest as a radical act and we lie down to contemplate art in Somerset House with artist Raquel Meseguer Zafe, after her workshop for this year’s Hyper Functional Ultra Healthy programme.


Sarah Jaffe is the author of Work Won't Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone.

Raquel Meseguer’s work straddles theatre, dance, installation, performative conversations and photo-documentary. She identifies as dis-abled, and works with rest and horizontality as creative impulses.

Dr Bayo Akomolafe, rooted with the Yoruba people in a more-than-human world, is the father to Alethea and Kyah, the grateful life-partner to Ije and a post humanist thinker, poet, public intellectual, essayist, and author.

Listen to the Soft Life series

In this four-part series we take the idea of ‘soft life’ as a launch off point to explore alternative ideas around work, time, the body and ecology emanating from Somerset House and beyond. We talk to radical thinkers, artists and writers, who are carving out these new ways of being in the body, centring the soft and the in-between, finding space for rest and looking at ways of expanding time beyond the clock.


Soft Life

How can we make time free? We contemplate different ways of experiencing time beyond the linear.

The Body

Soft Life

How can the soft body challenge social hierarchies?

The Earth

Soft Life

What if the way we're approaching the crisis is part of the crisis?


Soft Life is produced by Alannah Chance and Axel Kacoutié
With sound by Axel Kacoutié and additional music by Ellen Zweig

Supported by

Rothschild Foundation