Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts
is a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology. A socially engaged art project consisting of a Union and a Research Institute, ILSSA is an evolving publishing and public practice platform committed to investigating the value of labor and mining the potential of the obsolete.

The goals of ILSSA include: (1) the establishment of a Union to foster community, solidarity, and opportunities for its members; and (2) the formation of a Research Institute to support and publish new ideas, communications, and resources.

Impractical Labor is a protest against contemporary industrial practices and values. Instead it favors independent workshop production by antiquated means and in relatively limited quantities. Economy of scale goes out the window, as does the myth that time must equal money. Impractical Labor seeks to restore the relationship between a maker and her tools; a maker and his time; a maker and what s/he makes. The process is the end, not the product. Impractical Labor is idealized labor: the labor of love.