In this video, the employees of a peanut factory work tirelessly at their stations, performing repetitive tasks. But while bodies and machines function ordinarily, the material input of their labour has been removed: there is not a peanut to be seen. The factory simply reproduces its own labour conditions.
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Monster explores the challenge of technological automation on human existence. As robots disrupt one industry after another, human wage labour is now sliding into obsolescence. In time, it could disappear altogether. While this post-work condition may liberate humanity from the deadening alienation of capitalism, it will carry its own existential challenges. Given the cultural hegemony of the work ethic, will we find it so easy to fill our time with more meaningful activities? In Monster, a handful of workers propose an absurd response to the dilemma of existential futility.
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Commissioned by Delfina Foundation / British Council / Art School Palestine
Presented at RyderProjects (London)