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Benedetta d'Ettorre

MA work

Who cares? A radio tale

Who cares? A radio tale turns Gasworks into a live broadcast studio in collaboration with renowned experimental radio station Resonance 104.4 FM. A programme of newly commissioned and existing performances, sound works, and discussions take up the subject of affective labour, summarised by philosopher Michael Hardt as a term that ‘grasp[s] simultaneously the corporeal and intellectual aspects of the new forms of production, recognizing that such labor engages at once with rational intelligence and with the passions or feeling.’

Affective labour is commonly understood as invisible. Who cares? A radio tale lays open this assertion by using the intangible medium of radio and enabling the audience to see the hidden mechanisms. Either present in the gallery or listening from anywhere in the world, attendees and listeners are invited to engage with questions including: What are the implications of having to manage emotions in the workplace? What kind of emotional work is expected in capitalist economies? What does care and labour demand from its workers?

The project consists of two live broadcast sessions, in which a multiplicity of international artists respond to the theme of affective labour using a variety of performative, discursive and participatory formats.

Listen to the podcast of Who cares? A radio tale:

10 May Broadcast

13 May Broadcast

International collaborators include: Céline Berger, Patricia Domínguez with Terezie Štindlová & Radim Lisa, Eva Fàbregas, Temi Odumosu, Claudia Pagès, Elisa Giardina Papa, Rosalie Schweiker with Sophie Chapman & Kerri Jefferis, Salomé Voegelin, Women of Colour Index Reading Group and Jon Wozencroft.

Sound engineer: Erik Lintunen

Photographer: Martim Ramos

Visual identity: Daniel Kozma and Arianna Tilche

Interior designer: Ilaria Palmieri and Luca Allievi

Who cares? A radio tale was curated by Naz Bescan, Ibrahim Cisse, Harriet Costello, Benedetta d’Ettorre, Alba Folgado and Agata Kik.


  • Benedetta d'Ettorre
  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2018

  • Benedetta is a curator, researcher and event organiser. During her MA, she has had two main interests: exploring alternative ways of curating, inspired by shamanism and magic, and understanding the social, ethical and political value of curating and socially-engaged art practices. For her dissertation: "The role of the curator in socially-engaged art", she spent two months observing and researching the work of Public Engagement Curator Viviana Checchia at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. 

    During her previous cycle of studies, she focused around alternative practices and organisations like artist-run spaces and art-squats. In particular, she explored defining and contrasting elements among these spaces, suggesting that their sustainable set of practices may represent an option for developing management structures in arts organisations. She intends to progress this research undertaking a PhD.

    Before moving to London, one of her first greatest interests was the life and the political and religious thinking of the French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil. This led to a one yearlong independent research exploring the cyclical peaks and downs of faith in Western culture, through arts and the process of secularism (with selected examples from literature, visual arts, theatre and philosophy), from Zoroastrianism up to the twentieth century. Weil’s religious attitude is contrasted with the one of another philosopher, Emil Cioran. They are taken as symbols of the two religious sentiments with which Europeans were left after World War Two.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Arts Management, London South Bank University, 2015
  • Experience

  • Revenue Manager, Sodexo Italia Spa, Milan, 2017; Events manager (monthly Pixel Night and Global Game Jam ed. 2017), 404 e-sport bar, Milan, 2017; Member of the Student Forum, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2015–2016; Events Assistant, Innovation RCA, London, 2015–2018; Director assistant, IKLECTIK, London, 2015–2016; Intern at the Student Appeals Office, London South Bank University, 2015; Student Administration and Registry Assistant (SARA), London South Bank University, 2014–2015; Artists recruitment and liason, I Rhyme to see myself, London, 2014; Artist's Assistant, London, 2013–2018
  • Exhibitions

  • Curator of How did we get here?, Courtyard Gallery 1, RCA, London, May 2018; Co-curator of Who cares? A radio tale, a radio programme on Resonance 104.4 FM, Gasworks, London, May 2018; Co-Curator of Sound Yard, IKLECTIK, London, May – September 2016; English wall text for “Ayiti”, group exhibition Pino Ninfa, Lucia Boni, Mooz Project, Milan, August-September 2015; Co-curator of Bcreative, Town Hall, Bexley Village, 2014; Curator Assistant “Off the s{h}elf”, Stockwell Studios, London, December 2012
  • Awards

  • BA Arts Management Course Director Prize for Outstanding Results
  • Conferences

  • Curatorial Practices for Cultural Sustainable Development, London Conference in Critical Thought, London South Bank University, 2017 and in occasion of the launch of the International Doctorate in Human Sustainable Development, Bicocca University, 2018; “Collecting Curating”, guest talk with Cecilia Giurgevich, during “Open House”, Delfina Foundation, London, May 2017; Curating trans-states, Trans-States: The art of crossing over, University of Northampton, September 2016; What organizational and management structures can be employed by artist-run spaces to best ensure long term sustainability?, Sustainability in Arts Education, international Journal of Art and Design Education conference, Glasgow School of Art, 2015.
  • Publications

  • Introduction in Degard, Celebrities and icons? The Second Book of The Aetheric Movement, May 2018; A return to normalcy: Birth of a new museum in Grace Ndiritu, Notes for photographic captions that do not exist…, 100 limited copies, artist’s edition, Klowden Mann Gallery, Los Angeles, April-May 2016