I contacted factories across the globe, commissioning their workers to insert errors into the products they ordinarily manufacture, rendering them dysfunctional. The workers were given unconditional authorship over the errors they chose to make.
This project was triggered by a report about the Apple factory in Shenzhen, China. According to the report, one worker claimed ‘sometimes he would deliberately drop something on the ground so he could have a few seconds of rest while picking it up.’ The work extends this gesture, examining the potential of deliberate errors to offer a moment of freedom within the logic of global production.
Date : 2011
Media : Mis-manufactured objects, printed email correspondence, photography, industrial furniture, HD video (5 mins)
Exhibitions: Victoria and Albert Museum (London), National Technical Library (Prague), 221a (Vancouver), Reverse Space (NYC), Cypriana Majernika (Bratislava) Design Biennal (Budapest), Z33 (Hasselt) Saatchi New Sensations (London) Nassauischer Kunstverein (Wiesbaden) Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts (Manchester)
Press: Third Text, Artforum, Ibraaz, Manifesto Magazine, TimeOut, Guardian, The Inde- pendent, Frankfurter Allgemeine Feuilleton, Aesthetica Magazine, Art:Review, Another Magazine, The Financial Times, Port Magazine, Creative Review, Icon magazine.