Artists Remake the World

Laurent Quintreau

Biography
A founding member of the journal Perpendiculaire, Laurent Quintreau works in advertising and directs Betor-pub, the cfdt union for the new economy. He is the author of an essay, four novels and regularly publishes opinion pieces on the topics of current developments in justice, economics and society (Le Monde newspaper, esprit and cadres cfdt magazines…). He is also a member of the jury GESTES (Groupe d’Etudes Sur le Travail et la Souffrance au Travail – a research group on work and workplace suffering) for the “Ecrire le travail” competition and regularly gives talks in universities. His literary and theoretical activity is nourished by a diverse range of materials that he collects through his dual life as a salary-paid employee and a union head: a meeting of eleven higher-ups around a table where hell, purgatory and heaven outline the space-time like in Dante’s Divine Comedy (Marge brute, Denoël, 2006); a mystical crisscross where Tibetan monks meet managers, neurologists and artists in search of radical esthetic experiences (Mandalas, Denoël, 2009); life and death of a small fly crossing through space and periods of reign (La chimie des trajectoires, Rivages, 2014); exploring how work affects subjectivity (Le moi au pays du travail, Plein jour, 2015). In Ce qui nous guette, published in April 2018 (Rivages), the lives of ten characters are upended time and time again at the mercy of a completely insane and exponential logic of algorithms.
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