Alicia is a fourth year Biology student at the University of Western Ontario. She works part time under the biology faculty during her weeks.
I asked Alicia what her opinion of occupation was.
“something that you do”
Alicia believes occupation is something you do whether your job or an activity that takes up your time. Something that you can choose to do and have it take up your time. It can be your job when you are all done school, but it can also be a type of hobby you enjoy doing or even going to the gym. Both those take up your time and you choose to do them.
After she read Hito Steyerl text, Alicia’s opinion didn’t change.
“still something you do”
I guess occupation is really anything you want it to be. You don’t necessarily need to choose to do it. Having to go to a doctors appointment is not something you may want to do, but it is still a type of occupation because it takes up your time and it is something you do. Grocery shopping when you have to, and shoveling the driveway. All are things that need to be done. Hobbies like sports are occupations but they are ones you choose to do and enjoy them way more then other things. The word occupation is so much more then just a job.