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The Author : Laurent Quintreau

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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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“Humans are virus”, Matrix (1999)
Agent Smith interrogation
A throwback to the first opus of The Matrix serie by the Wachowskis which sounds a bit odd these days.

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Chronicle by Laurent Quintreau
06 May 2020

Covid-19 at work: the great upheaval

Chronicle by Laurent Quintreau

As if it were not enough to upend the daily lives of millions of workers throughout the world, Covid-19 now seeks to shake up certain foundational aspects of society. With the confinement, the State is reconnecting with its protective power. The least-regarded and most poorly-paid sectors become “vital” activities, whereas professions offering high added value become, for the most part, “non-essential”. As for the massive and widespread use of telecommuting, it has brought the outside in (and vice-versa), generating millions of gigabytes of flow acceleration while subjecting bodies to long periods of immobility. A disruption that has turned our values, gestures and customs upside-down, reminiscent of the great upheaval held so dearly by alchemists and occultists.

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