Performing Labour - Artist Guest Worker Program

Performing Labour

This project emanates from a decade-long engagement with the glass factory-town of Rejmyre, Sweden. It involves the implementation and inhabitation of an artist-guest-worker program within the factory. From within this artist guest-worker role, we work on the factory floor, maintaining the same hours as the other workers. Our task is to develop and produce a product line in response to the situation of our own labour and the labour of others around us [tourists, tour guides, glass workers, administrators, shoppers, sales people, museum staff, etc].

Like many contemporary industries, the Rejmyre Glass Factory has turned to auto-exhibitionist tourism to supplement a struggling economic position. Within this context, the workers’ labour becomes both process and product, embodied and disembodied. They enact functional craft gestures and produce industrial products, while simultaneously producing a tourist spectacle that renders their labouring bodies, and gestures, as pure aesthetic products.

This project considers how a conceptual performance of labour, about labour, in the context of this hybrid industrial/tourist factory, might be used as a strategy to invoke a parallel state of consciousness in a group of artist-researchers. From inside this state, we attempt to explore the evolving roles of the contemporary labourer.

Top Objects, Meri Linna (FI)
Top Objects, Meri Linna (FI)
Performing Labour - Artis Guest Worker Program II
Performing Labour - Artis Guest Worker Program II
Performing Labour - Artis Guest Worker Program
Top Objects, Meri Linna (FI)
Top Objects, Meri Linna (FI)
Break Bubble, Sissi Westerberg (SE)
Break Bubble, Sissi Westerberg (SE)
Miracle Listener, Robyn Backen (AUS)
Miracle Listener, Robyn Backen (AUS)
Performing Labour