YOUR ROAD TO LEISURE
In the past, working hours were determined by the locking of factory gates. Now, changes in technology mean that we take the factory home with us, allowing work to invade every waking hour. Leisure time is in decline, and even what we would call leisure activities are being used for someone else's profit.
YOUR ROAD TO LEISURE remediated the Storstrejken of 1909 that took place in Malmö, Sweden.
The research process for YOUR ROAD TO LEISURE began with investigations into the historical details of Storstrejken through the archives of the Arbetarrörelsens Arkiv, Malmö.
Ideations based upon the workers' use of stillness as an act of defiance and interview and survey based research about our current working conditions provided the foundations of our exhibition. Some physical artefacts from Storstejken inspired the design of the layout.
The intervention itself was framed as a consultation process ending with a prescription for “pure leisure”.
The consultation process consisted of three tasks navigated with a printed map that measured the participant’s level of hyperemployment.
The results of the exhibition itself provided many valuable insights from participants about modern working conditions and could be seen as a piece of research in itself.
STEP 1: THE DAYLINE asked each participant to measure and display the division between work and leisure in their daily lives.
STEP 2: THE MULTI TASK
challenged the participants ability to juggle tasks by asking them to keep up with replying to the emails, SMSs and instant messages that were programmed to automatically bombard and distract the participant as they attempted to complete the questionaire before the time ran out.
STEP 3: THE DATA ACCOUNTANT SERVICE used the details of each participant's use of social media and calculated their monetary worth to the respective social media companies. An invoice was then provided so that the participant could contact the companies personally in order to recieve payment for their work.
STEP 4: PURE LEISURE
The final stage of the consulation process was a one-to-one conversation about the participant’s personal feelings about their work and leisure situation based upon the data from the previous stages. This information was used to prescribe an amount of leisure time. An audio track leading the listener through a meditation de-digitisating their body helped the participant to finally find leisure.
“Feel the guilt from all those unanswered messages and unfinished to-do lists disappear. Cascade them down your arms, melting into pearls of self-forgiveness.”
“Feel your fingerprint, worn smooth by glass screens, growing back strong and vibrant. It has missed you.”
“Let go of your digital tentacles. Slice them away from your body and see your potential withdraw and regroup in the centre of your belly.”
YOUR ROAD TO LEISURE was a collaboration with Kent Cam, Dorien Koelemeijer and Danai Tsouni
YOUR ROAD TO LEISURE has been exhibited at:
Media Evolution City, Malmö, March 2015
The Conference, Malmö, August 2015