Perogies were handmade by the artist and served during an exhibition opening. A plate of 6 perogies were offered in exchange for any object offered. Slowly a group of objects emerged, briefly worth the same thing.
I stopped doing my job and nobody noticed
The installation, I stopped doing my job and nobody noticed, was shown as part of the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2012. Over the course of the show the space was altered in different ways.
Balls of yarn were made using the Financial Times newspaper - each ball contains one complete newspaper. During the show the yarn was dispensed to be crocheted. The mantle piece in the space also grew taller as rocks found in hanging plastic bags were added to the structure daily.
Visitors to the installation were given the opportunity to take a rock in exchange for an act of labour - cutting a square of felt into tiny pieces. The tiny pieces are used to refill the bags of rocks that are used to build the mantle up the mantle piece each day.
A mini newspaper publication was also released daily loosely chronicling the development of the project.
In the project, Peelpal, visitors to the exhibition were given the opportunity to purchase an object from a salesperson present in the space via live stream through the internet. The object was vaguely described by the salesperson as an artwork or object from the artists studio. Participants were told they could purchase the object by performing an act of labour - peeling wax from the Peelpal. Once they finished submitting their payment they filled out their details and received a receipt.
Purchased Simulacrumbs were delivered to customers in Berlin by bike and posted to residents living outside of the city.
A book titled, A catalogue of labour: vol.I, was published in collaboration with Rosa Nussbaum. It documents labour through images of the peels produced during the course of the exhibition.
No Working on Saturdays
No Working on Saturdays was divided into two spaces. In the front space a series of artworks were presented in a room with yellow walls and a tiled floor, made from small foam tiles.
A factory was found in the back of the gallery space. On every Saturday during the exhibition employees worked for free ripping paper into small pieces. Visitors to the exhibition were given the opportunity to take the place of the employees and get paid to do the same work. They were remunerated based on the time they spent working. Their payment was in the form of wax money, cast from 0.05 euro cent coins. Using the money they made working, participants who worked in the factory space had the opportunity to purchase artworks found in the main gallery space.