An early evening event with artists Seth Pimlott and Jeremy Hutchison – 20th October, 6-8pm
Open Studio with Seth Pimlott, recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award. Recently completing his MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, Seth’s work involves developing narratives with different groups – musicians, actors and children, for example. See some of his completed films and new work in progress.
Where:Studio 3, 1st Floor @ Studios.
Jeremy Hutchison: in heaven people play peacefully sometimes people helping each other love making and working together peacefully
A performance (with informal labourers and 4-channel surround sound)
Task Rabbit is an app that allows people to outsource part-time jobs, or tasks. The company proposes “We do chores. You live life.” Tasks commonly include cleaning, walking dogs, building furniture and waiting in queues. Workers are able to fit their work to their lifestyle; working when they want, where they want. The apparent freedom offered by employment platforms of this kind has seen their popularity explode. But as the workforce has inflated, so an increasing dissatisfaction has appeared with the terms of employment. The alienation hovering beneath the surface of this labour model is becoming manifest in lawsuits, class actions and strikes.
Over the past few months, Jeremy Hutchison has used the Task Rabbit app to employ groups of micro-labourers in his studio. Rather than walking dogs, they have been tasked to imagine ways in which solidarity might be applied to their fragmented labour conditions. In a recent example, he assembled four workers for an interview. This interview operated within the conditions of a verbal game, which required the four workers to respond as if they were a single subjectivity.
For this durational performance elements of this research will be presented, while the group will rehearse new manifestations of solidarity between labour, bodies and space.
15 mins, continuous loop.
Where: Studio 4, 1st Floor @ Studios.
Cost/Booking: Free, drop-in.
These events are part of our Without Walls programme taking place throughout Chisenhale Art Place. Please see the full programme here