Isabel Mager


5000times compiles and re-frames sequences of manual high-tech assembly tasks into critical visualisations. The manual tasks are re-enacted and performed to spark dialogue with designers and end-users about the hidden production processes of familiar gadgets like smartphones, tablets, and laptops. A designer operating from a privileged western context activates the performance. This reenactment aims to challenge levels of accountability by both designers and end users. The designer is placed into the simulated position of an assembly employee. This is an endurance performance; the time phase represents the average workday (between 10-18h) on which the research and final pieces of 5000times are based. The result is an obscure sculpture made from tapes accumulated throughout the performance. It visualises the manual work done by one person in one day.

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