ERRATUM®, 2012

Emails are sent to factories across the globe. These commission workers to insert an error into the products they ordinarily manufacture, rendering them dysfunctional. The workers are given unconditional authorship over the errors they choose to make.

This request is met with confusion. But following hundreds of email exchanges, twenty-one flawed objects are produced, along with a catalogue of digital correspondence. The objects become the product collection of a luxury brand, ERRATUM®.

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This project was triggered by a report about Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China. It detailed the devastating conditions on the assembly line. One worker said 'sometimes he would deliberately drop something on the ground so that he could have a few seconds of rest while picking it up.'

An intentional error is absurd, even oxymoronic. I became interested in its potential to offer a moment of respite on the production line. I wanted to play out this exhausted worker's gesture, to insert a moment of poetry into a hyper-efficient system of digital exchange. And to foreground the untapped imaginations of an invisible workforce.

ERRATUM ® store
ERRATUM ® trailer

Article: Creative Review
Article: Icon Magazine
Article: The Guardian
Interview: WeMakeMoneyNotArt
Interview: Aesthetica Magazine

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Presented at: Paradise Row (London), V&A Museum (London), Saatchi New Sensations (London), Threadneedle Prize (London), Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester), Kunstverein Wiesbaden (Wiesbaden), Corretger 5 (Barcelona), The Art Foundation (Athens), Z33 (Hasselt), Artwall (Prague), Nieuwe Vide (Haarlem), Design Biennale (Budapest), Cypriana Majernika (Bratislava), Third Text (April issue, 2013).