Time and Motion: Redefining Working Life
Time & Motion used artworks, research projects, archival materials and interventions to track our journey through the world of work, from clocking on at the factory gates to checking in online from our home office.
FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology and the Royal College of Art’s Creative Exchange (CX) Hub presented the exhibition Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life in Liverpool between December 2013 and March 2014. This exhibition provided space for CX PhD students to directly engage with members of the public through their design intervention of a collaborative co-working space, and through a series of salon and workshop events, all within the context of a high-profile art exhibition. The exhibition attracted over 16000 people.
Artists included Cohen van Balen, Harun Farocki, Oliver Walker, Blake Fall-Conroy, Sam Meech, Molleindustria, Jeff Crouse and Stephanie Rothernberg, Andrew Norman Wilson and The Creative Exchange.
A Time & Motion Study is a scientific method - developed by Frederick Taylor and later by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth - used to analyse work procedures and determine the most efficient method of operation. This approach has been used extensively in workplaces including factories, hospitals, retail, and banks since the industrial age.
A new online game What’s Your Number commissioned by FACT and developed by the Royal College of Art invited people from all over the world to test their own understanding of their working life and the traditional notion of eight hours work, eight hours rest and eight hours play. Users were encouraged to think about their working life in a new way as they answer a series of questions to reveal their own three-digit number. How many will be the traditional eight, eight, eight?
A range of artists, creative producers and researchers experimented across the building, the audience and digital space, transforming FACT into a hybrid between factory and exploratorium.
The exhibition asked timely questions including ‘What happened to the eight hour day?’ ‘What is your work life balance?’ and ‘How has technology affected the way that you work?’ each encouraging the visitor to consider their own working life and the changes happening around them.