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Manual Labours: The Building as a Body

Publication Launch

10 Nov 2018

2-4pm

 
Join Manual Labours for the launch of their new publication Building as Body developed following their residency at Nottingham Contemporary where they worked with staff to explore the architecture of the workplace. 
 
The Building as Body looks into the ways in which buildings and bodies are fluid ecosystems which affect each other, mapping how the circulatory, digestive and reproductive systems operate in the cultural institution. What symptoms does this building suffer with? What ways can we diagnose and challenge the conditions that perpetuate them? 
 
The publication is launched at the Wandering Womb, a mobile kitchen and staff room, designed and built with Effy Harle and Finbar Prior as a collective remedy to the often overlooked and hidden needs of staff, for space and time to care, eat and relax during breaks and lunchtime. 
 
 
Free. Booking Required
Gallery 4
 
 
 
Bios:
 
Manual Labours is an ongoing research project exploring physical and emotional relationships to work, initiated by Jenny Richards and Sophie Hope. This project reconsiders current time-based structures of work (when does work start and end?) and reasserts the significance of the physical (manual) aspect of immaterial, affective and emotional labour.
 
Manual Labours explore the transformation of labour processes through an investigation into the ‘physical’ (in its most expanded sense) relationship to work in order to map complex and overlapping experiences of work/life entwinement. Through various activities including screenings, exhibitions, discussions, publishing and workshops they are developing an archive of artist film and video and a collection of publications, which seek to help us recapture a sense of agency within our current positions.
 
Manual Labours will spend three days at Nottingham Contemporary in August, during which time they will begin examining the institution's structures and office routines. They will also visit different spaces across the city and arrange meetings with local workers and regular NC visitors. This residence is the first stage of a one year commission. Check back for updates and news of events and talks as the residency develops.
 
 

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