Production Methods, 2015
HOSTILE TAKEOVER OR INCUBATED STARTUP?
BUSY OFFICE ON A LUNCH BREAK OR LIQUIDATED BUSINESS DESTINED FOR AN AUCTION LOT?
Production Methods was shown at Watermans Art Centre from November 2015 to January 2016.
Presenting a familiar environment, a part of but apart from the every day. You have walked past a reception and into a seemingly familiar space, at once banal but then baffling. Scale, time, natural light and your role in all this seem variable, uncertain and at risk.
Whether you have had a job for life, you are on a zero-hours contract or an unpaid intern, Production Methods will seem familiar to all that have ever worked. With an unsettling sense of scale the artwork places you amidst the infrastructure and digital technologies that influence so many of our waking and working hours. Throughout the space the remains of a bankrupt business sit, machines still running but the workers absent.
When visiting the gallery it might be buzzing with energy, and words, or lying dormant waiting for the start of the business day. The boxes that dominate the space are the kind hastily packed with possessions and clutched by a worker just made redundant. Containing within them the promises and produce of marching progress, these boxes also serve as the site of artistic production.
FABIO LATTANZI ANTINORI
CURATED BY OZDEN SAHIN
About Executive Chair
Executive Chair examine the worlds of work and finance and how art and technology can be used to cast a light on the diffuse boundary between work and life. They make playful, challenging and engaging installations and sculptures that examine complex personal, governmental and organisational relationships. They work with a diverse range of materials, references and tools.