Part of Under Optimisation

Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force

Kajsa Dahlberg

Sweden 2015, 40 minutes

For more than a century, film has been used in experiments to understand and optimise human movements. Systems such as Methods-Time Measurement marked a radical shift in attitudes towards making manual labour more efficient. In Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force, Kajsa Dahlberg takes the production of the video itself as a starting point to examine the negotiation of time in labour today – from Amazon warehouses and Apple manufacturers in China to smaller-scale service industries such as freelance translating and parcel delivery. This way, the film reveals the working conditions in which it was created.


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