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8 Hours Labour – Limited Term Appointment

Sam Meech

2023, Knitted textile banner, video documentation, contract

8 Hours Labour  – Limited Term Appointment is a machine knitting performance highlighting the exploitative culture of overwork in academia. Building on previous works, (Punchcard Economy, 8 Hours Labour), the artist knits a banner with the text ‘8 Hours Labour’ over the course of 8 hours, on a hacked domestic knitting machine. The banner design incorporates data from people working in academia, showing the amount of work they do beyond a typical 8-hour day contract, expressed as inverted stitches


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