Transparencies: 3 (or 6) Definition..., 2018, Lecture Performance, Essay Draft, Transparent Backpack, Acrylic and Ink on Paper, Work Gloves, Scanning Device Holster
... from a Perspective of Networked and Standardised Labour
From the essay:
It all began as a mistake. In the summer and fall of 2018, I spent 6 months working as a package handler for one of the world's largest shipping companies. What started as an act of desperation, rents are rising and making art doesn't always pay off, soon became a sort of undercover mission. As I was loading, moving and sorting packages, I became fascinated with the complex interplay of the workers, their powered equipment and an ever-present corporate technobureaucracy. The shipping warehouse is a stage on which a common state of our technologised society becomes visible in its showings of raw consumption and digitally enhanced, physical labour. The scenes of interpersonal, post digital, micro and macroeconomical tragedy and comedy I have witnessed will continue to take shape within my work for the coming year or more, but for today I will highlight 3 of them in search for definitions of the term Transparency.