Currency - The Division of Labor

Denis Beaubois's avatar Denis Beaubois

An advertisement was placed in the local employment classifieds for participants who would be willing to be recorded undertaking a simple task for the duration of seven hours (two sessions of 3.5 hrs). No information was offered about the context of the work, its purpose or how it was going to be used. Participants were paid the minimum wage (as discussed with Fair Work Australia). They were asked to sign a release form upon completion of the days work and were subsequently informed about the project. The videos of five participants were selected to compile a 35hr video work that references the length of a working week. The task given to the participants was to maintain a smile for a period of a working day (7 hours). Participants were paid the minimum wage determined by Fair Work Australia, which amounted to a fee of $141.00 for the seven hours work. Office premises were rented allowing the recordings to occur in a neutral space, thereby removing any associations with culture or art.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: Variable
  • Medium: Video / Performance
  • Width: Variable
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: Variable