2017: taking time to reimagine . . .

Established in 2008, Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) is an evolving participatory art & publishing project committed to process & reflection.


ILSSA is a membership organization that fosters community & an imprint that publishes new ideas, tools, & resources.

As a union, ILSSA focuses on improving the immaterial working conditions of its members. An ILSSA membership is a pathway to cultivate belongingness, develop new skills, & consider your practice & the theory behind it.

ILSSA's publications are tools for reflection, & often take the form of a call-and-response. Recent calls have included a survey asking members to assess their working conditions as artists, a workbook asking members to ruminate on their relationship & experience with time, a self-test to determine one's own chronobiology, & a request for members to write manifestos for publication.

At this cultural moment, we join many friends & allies (perhaps you as well?) in reconsidering the how, what, & why of our mission and activities. Our new website will be forthcoming by the end of 2017 as we prepare for our project-based exhibition Implement at Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY) in October 2017, & our 10 year retrospective at Ringling College of Art & Design (Sarasota, FL) in January 2018.

But, we by no means wish to turn you away at the gate! There are plenty of things to do from here. Keep abreast of ILSSA activities by subscribing to our listserv! Join the ILSSA Union & receive our publications in the mail! Browse our past publications by checking out the complete ILSSA Quarterly! Or venture on to ye olde ILSSA website to learn more about ILSSA's history.