Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force
HD Video, 40 min
For more than a century, film has been used in experiments to understand and optimize our movements. Systems like the Methods–Time Measurement marked a radical shift in attitudes towards manual labour by focusing on the efficiency of human movements. As part of Material Fatigue, Kajsa Dahlberg presents ”Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force” (2015), where, the production of the video itself is used as a starting point to examine the negotiation of time in labour today, from Amazon warehouses, Apple manufacturers in China to smaller-scale service industries such as freelance translating and parcel delivery. In this sense the film reveals its own working conditions. But it is also about the relation to time in film and hence about the negotiation between the audience and the film itself.
Kajsa Dahlberg is a visual artist based in Stockholm and Oslo. Her work is represented in the collections at Moderna Museet Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum in Malmö, Hasselblad Center in Göteborg and at the Video-Forum at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, n.b.k, in Berlin. Since September 2016, she is working on a practice based PhD at The Royal Institute of Art (KKH) in Stockholm.