A BBC investigation into a UK-based Amazon warehouse has found conditions that a stress expert said could cause “mental and physical illness”. […]
Undercover reporter Adam Littler, 23, got an agency job at Amazon’s Swansea warehouse. He took a hidden camera inside for BBC Panorama to record what happened on his shifts.
He was employed as a “picker”, collecting orders from 800,000 sq ft of storage.
A handset told him what to collect and put on his trolley. It allotted him a set number of seconds to find each product and counted down. If he made a mistake the scanner beeped.
"We are machines, we are robots, we plug our scanner in, we’re holding it, but we might as well be plugging it into ourselves", he said.
"We don’t think for ourselves, maybe they don’t trust us to think for ourselves as human beings, I don’t know."
Prof Marmot, one of Britain’s leading experts on stress at work, said the working conditions at the warehouse are “all the bad stuff at once”.
Animation Masks - Jordan Wolfson (2011)
Raspberry Poser by Jordan Wolfson (Excerpt)
A reading by the artist and writer Katrina Palmer accompanied by Adam Wilson on keyboard. Palmer locates the sculptural object in fictional narratives, live readings and recordings. These stories typically feature artist-protagonists negotiating aspects of materiality and the dynamics of fictional spaces. For more information about the event please visit: http://www.chisenhale.org.uk/archive/events/index.php?id=72
I have wasted literally weeks of my life inserting that fucking accent mark above the ‘c’ in Marina Abramovic’s name. There are some issues in which her name is mentioned 5, 6, 12 times in various contexts, and every time I have to trick InDesign into slipping that fucking accent in the right place, and then right before we’re closing someone will notice that the goddamn accent has scooched a bit to the right, so I’ll have to go in again and tidy them all up. Most other people with annoying fucking accents in their name, we just skip ‘em. But Marina, Crown Princess of Performance Art, nooooo sireeee. I’ll be honest: I have violent thoughts sometimes.
—Cal “Pip” Erkin, creative director of Art in America, 1999-2012. (via stopmarinaabramovic)
Popular Unrest is a multi-episode drama set in a future much like the present. The film explores a world in which the self is reduced to physical biology, directly subject to the needs of capital. Written and Directed by Melanie Gilligan.
Despite the horse race elections, manifestos, and movements, the truth is most of the time for most people, political systems don’t mean much. For all activists and politicians see excitement and power in their bloodsports, most people, and probably the healthier sorts, prefer to get on with their lives regardless of who’s in charge. They spend their time with family and meeting friends for coffee and trying to understand what makes a good life. And it is these people, not the power players, who keep us fed and warm in winter and give us the soft curve of a ceramic cup in hand, who make the memory and fabric of a place. It is details and human labor that give the name of home to the cities and towns that earn that name inside of people. Society is mostly built away from power, by the politically distant and ideologically vague.
John Maus ‘Too Much Money’ (by Jinsie P.)
Epic - Mårten Spångberg (side view)
Robin Mackay - No Core Dump: Pamela Rosenkranz’s Speculative L’Orealism
Epic - Mårten Spångberg
Tino Sehgal on art, ethics and the shortcomings of Craig Reynolds’s Boids. (Part 2 of 2)
Turner Prize nominee, Tino Sehgal, on art, ecology and vegan chocolate cake. (part 1 of 2)