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.

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