In Circulation. Structural Opportunism as a Method of Organizing Work and Life of the Participants of Artistic Circulation

In order to explain the means by which the work and lives of those participating in the contemporary circulation of art – artists, curators, critics, freelancers – are organised, I focus on their fundamental dependence on a constant search for new opportunities, including side jobs, projects, exhibition offers, commissions for works, and temporary employment. In the article, I make the assertion that dependence on fleeting opportunities is a source of systemic pressures that leads to the spread of competition, the instrumentalisation of social relations, and the atomization and self-precarization of art. In the article’s conclusion, I show that a key aspect of resistance to structural pressures in the circulation of art is the contestation of individualized dependence on the ebb and flow of opportunities.