The Laboring Self
The Laboring Self is a socially engaged, interactive installation that draws parallels between unregulated labor and its effect on workers’ bodies in the Industrial Revolution and Mechanical Turk workers on Amazon.com’s online job platform. For each site where it is installed (the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections, October 3-January 8, 2018, Castleton University, February-March 2018; the Context Library Series, University Library Gallery at California State University San Marcos, March-July, 2018) burrough and Starnaman present three works within this larger series: Hired Hands, Weaving Texts: An Untitled Audio Tour, and Illuminated Voices. Each work is an artful invitation for visitors to participate in a conversation about labor and their bodies. burrough created a series of ten videos for the DMA video wall that tells the story of the project and is recombined for screens at each location. Starnaman works with the history and archives at each site to generate a site-specific audio tour for Weaving Texts. At each location we present a site-specific version of The Laboring Self, collecting Hired Hands with various zip codes and universal stories of the working body.
The Laboring Self has been partially funded by a Community Project grant from Humanities Texas and a grant for pursuing civil and social justice through art from Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.
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