iPaw iPads, Minimum Wage Machines and a gliding robot: Time and Motion at FACT

By Culture24 Reporter | 17 January 2014

Highlights from FACT's major show tracking our journey through the world of work

A photo of a dog playing with an iPad inside an exhibition case within a museum
Electroboutique’s iPaw is a dog who passively and perpetually scrolls through apps on his tablet. As technology becomes more and more intelligent, it suggests, we are increasingly becoming trapped
A photo of a sign reading 8 hours labour 8 hours recreation 8 hours rest at an art gallery
Sam Meech's machine-knitted banner incorporates data collected from a range of people working in the digital, creative and cultural industries, and examines how the contemporary working day differs from the eight-hour ideal
A photo of a man putting his hand into a slot in a wooden box within an art gallery
Minimum Wage Machine by Blake Fall-Conroy allows anybody to work for minimum wage by fulfilling a simple, manual task. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.7 seconds, or £6.31 an hour (UK minimum wage), sparking discussion about the value of labour, the nature of minimum wage and capitalism as a whole
A photo of a circular installation of poles with small white cast figures and wheels
Gregory Barsamian’s mesmerising Die Falle is a large-scale zoetrope of a man’s reality in dream-time
A photo of a man and a woman facing each other while looking at the camera in a gallery
Cohen van Balen explore the nature of mass-manufacturing through new video commission 75 Watt. For this work, a product with no useful purpose was designed specifically to be made in China, its function only to choreograph a dance performed by the labourers manufacturing it
A photo of a lifesize white sculpture of a girl in a dress in an art gallery with a screen
Mari Velonaki’s robot, Diamandini, glides independently around the gallery space, referencing a nostalgic view of how the future world of work was once imagined
  • Time and Motion is at FACT until March 9 2014. Accompanying events include screenings of Fight Club, Taxi Driver and Withnail and I, retro hairstyling and a Digital Space Observatory. Visit the exhibition online for more.

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