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Job Offer Involves Arriving at Train Station Every Day, Then ... Whatever

Experimental art project offering 'eternal employment' at Swedish train station
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2019 12:22 PM CST
A commuter train runs into Malmo central railway station in heavy snow, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. High winds, snowdrifts and freezing temperatures interrupted train services for the third straight day...   (AP Photo/Johan Nilsson)

(Newser) – If the idea of a job that has almost zero requirements appeals to you, here you go: Starting in 2025, you can apply for a permanent position at Sweden's Korsvägen train station, which is currently under construction in Gothenburg with plans to open in 2026. The only requirement is that you clock in to work at the station each day. From that point on, you can do whatever you want at the station, Atlas Obscura reports, citing this job ad mock-up. In return, you get a starting salary of about $2,320 per month, the same annual wage increases that Swedish government workers get, vacation time, a pension, and the guarantee of lifetime employment. The job is open to anyone from around the globe. It's being offered by the appropriately named Eternal Employment Foundation, an experimental art project from Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby.

They are using a $650,000 prize from Public Art Agency Sweden in conjunction with the Swedish Transport Administration and investing it so it grows. As the Washington Post explains, the contest was for artists who wanted to contribute to the station's design, and Goldin and Senneby think this is a better way to do so than via a sculpture or mural. Three new underground stations are being built to alleviate traffic and create jobs in Sweden's second-largest city, which has transitioned from an industrial and shipping center to a city rich with arts and culture, leaving its working class "marginalized," Atlas Obscura says. "In the face of mass automation and artificial intelligence, the impending threat/promise is that we will all become productively superfluous," Goldin and Senneby's proposal said. "We will all be ‘employed at Korsvägen,’ as it were." (Another dream job was offered only to "mediocre" skiers.)

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