2018: taking time to reimagine . . .

Established in 2008 by artists Bridget Elmer and Emily Larned, Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) is an evolving participatory art and publishing project committed to process and reflection.

ILSSA is a membership organization for artists and makers that fosters community, and an imprint that publishes new ideas, tools, and resources.

As a union for creative practitioners, ILSSA focuses on improving the immaterial working conditions of its members. ILSSA observes an annual holiday, the Festival to Plead for Skills; organizes participatory exhibitions and events; and facilitates an annual group residency.

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

ILSSA members' interests vary widely, from fiber spinning to 4D designing. What unites all members is a valuation of process, exemplified by ILSSA's motto, As Many Hours As It Takes!

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 in 2018 as we prepare for our project-based exhibition Implement at Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY) in October 2017, & our 10 year retrospective As Many Hours As It Takes: 10 Years of Impractical Labor at Ringling College of Art & Design's Stulberg Gallery (Sarasota, FL) from January 12 - March 24, 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 calls for participation 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.