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Work With me People

Hess, Bart (2017) Work With me People. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Hess, Bart

The installation Work With Me People allows visitors to become part of the production process of Bart Hess’ textiles. A play on production sweatshops, visitors are instructed to perform simple, repetitive acts. In this version, dripping liquid latex onto a stretched latex surface. Directions are given through headphones installed. Despite the rigid appearance of the sweatshop production line, the interactive installation aims to highlight the importance and beauty of the discrepancies between the workmanship of each participant in achieving the organic look of Hess’ textiles. Once the latex has dried, the sheet is released and shrinks to its original size, causing the drops to move closer together and creating a tight skin of rubber bubbles that have the appearance of animal skin.

This automated new version of Work With Me People was developed during Bart Hess' appointment as a Creative Fellow at the London College of Fashion and can also be viewed at his retrospective Future Bodies at the Stedelijk Museum in s’Hertogenbosch until 1 October 2017.

Work With Me People, installation and performance, 2012 - 2017
Artist: Bart Hess
Soundscape: Michiel Jansen

Other Corporate or Group Contributors:
RoleOther Corporate or Group Contributors
OtherArcade East
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Date: September 2017
Related Websites: http://www.barthess.nl/
Related Websites:
Related Exhibitions: Future Bodies, Arcade gallery East
Related Publications: Future Bodies - book
Locations / Venues:
From Date
To Date
Arcade East
September 2017
October 2017
Stedelijk Museum in s’Hertogenbosch
24 June 2017
1 October 2017
Material/Media: Installation made of aluminium, wood, iron, latex, PVC
Measurements or Duration of item: 12 meter by 6 meter
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2018 15:20
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2021 13:45
Item ID: 13206
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/13206

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