Meador, Clifton: Control Mechanism
A factory in transition from workplace to event venue is haunted by Foucault’s ideas of a disciplinary
society and the ghosts of former workers. But I myself feel like a ghost in our society of
control—which promises a fake freedom based on precarity and fear.
I was taking pictures of a beautiful factory that was being converted into a venue for cultural
use and I vaguely remembered Foucault’s disciplinary societies as social structures in opposition
to societies of control. Looking at that factory led me to thinking about the illusion of freedom offered by our gig economy, where the fear and precarity of freelance employment are supposed to represent freedom from the discipline of shift work in a factory.
offset lithography in fluoreszent colors, sewn, 56p, 8.4 x 10.8 inch, Ed. of 160, 2020
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