Gesture Control 2014

Gesture Control is a term coined by the consumer electronics industry. It describes a technology that enables users to command their device by waving their limbs. In doing so, the anatomy becomes a vessel for a language of gestures patented by Apple, Microsoft and Samsung.  

In this video, a workforce of online labourers perform a series of these gestures. Sourced via an  online labour platform, their profiles included the phrase I will do anything for $5. Collapsing precarious labour with gesture-based technology, this work is a performance of biopolitics. Capitalist procedures puppeteer the human anatomy: living flesh is manipulated by economic logic.  

Media : HD video
Commissioner : Modern Art Oxford
Exhibitions : Modern Art Oxford, Division of Labour (London)