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Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force
HD Video, 40 minutes, 16:9, Kajsa Dahlberg 2015
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. In Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force, 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.