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[un]dead Labour
Solo Show w/ Shipment
2019

 

































[un]dead Labour #1 / 1080p video / 10:10 / Sound design by Toni Quiroga 2019
[un]dead Labour #2 / 1080p video / 11:30 / 2019

Metal stud, expanded aluminium, machine screws,  sugar, LEDs, Arduino, vibrating motors, polythene.

[un]dead Labour probes questions of the contemporary developments of automation, networked society, digital agents and the addictive nature of data driven applications. We now find ourselves on the cusp of a Fourth Industrial Revolution where complex computational systems have become second nature, embedded within all aspects of life. The project draws a parallel between sugar and data/ data driven applications; both being the most valuable commodities of their time along with their shared schizophrenic nature, providing happiness, delight and enjoyment whilst also having darker insidiousrealities of addiction, power and control, to name a few. We are entranced by our divisive devices, enslaved in invisible labour,stuck within the loop, from individual to integer, repeating our function until we have overindulged in nauseating waves of informatic eye candy.


Through the Hyper-evolution of our technological tools,
we enter an era of automised intellect
mechanisation to mass production,
digitisation to planetary systemic control,
Are we headed towards a workless world?
A frictionless existence?
A stultifying negentropic norm?
Architects of our own obsolescence,
we are consumed by a subterranean infrastructure of automation
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The world is no longer really ours
Once considered dead..our tools have awoken
Lively algorithmic agents
Feasting on our online behaviours
Learning by fatal error
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The digital permeates the biosphere 
nested within one another
infinitely and Intimately connected
objects and edges go deeper and deeper
complexity upon complexity
Seduced by sickly sweet silicon
Sticky fingers smear black obsidious screens
touching, caressing, stroking
mechanisms of manipulation
Watching and listening
We are transfixed
Repetitive, predictable, programmable
Stuck in dead time
Taunted by the urgency of haptic harassment
Trapped within a bittersweet hyper-connection
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Data addiction may lead to mental cavities
human decay
A deep detachment from the real
Eyes dashed red, empty, staring
Digitally directed by FAGMA fixation
grasping limbs anxiously strive to extend their reach
Always on, always hungry
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That luminous water -- it takes its gleam from millions of invisible undead workers
It's the glitter of putrescence.
There's no beauty here
We work with our hands, in an involuntary, invisible data labour
tangled within the threads of execution
The working dead, from individual to integer.
A quantified brainless mass
No longer surfing the wave but swept along within the control flow
Are we the users or are we the ones which are used
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Stuck in the loop...


http://www.shipment.org.uk/



Mark