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Tobias Revell – Mercenary Cubiclists

Tobias Revell – Mercenary Cubiclists

What if ‘time is money’ and ‘life is work is life’ are taken to extremes? What if your time management system in a networked production system not only meticulously tracks the time on the work floor, but also determines every single second of your life? What if one becomes no more than a shadow citizen of an employer far away?

In Mercenary Cubiclists, Tobias Revell sketches out the life of a new class of specialised ‘taskumers’ in a digitally networked production system in the British town of Galtham. Advances in and the proliferation of communication technology has led to a rise of a new middle class of highly specialised 'taskumers' for hire in the slipstream of vast digital agencies like the Mechanical Turk and TaskRabbit. But there is a darker side: beneath the glow of technological progress lurk powerful opportunities for capitalistic exploitation. Mercenary Cubiclists examines the potential for a dark underbelly of new capital, the unseen and unclean hidden from view on the other side of the world, deniable, placeless and exploited by a system that promotes anonymity, brevity and insecurity as the new values of work.

In this movie by Domus.it, Tobias Revell, Tal Erez and the curator elaborate about their work and the Design Beyond Production exhibition.

Production credits: Motion Graphics: Ferry Gouw

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Artists

Voorbij

05.05 to 18.08.2013
04.05.2013 at 16h00
09.04 to 14.04.2013
09.04 to 14.04.2013
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