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Jeremy Hutchison

Born in United Kingdom. Lives in: London
Slade School of Fine Art

I'm interested in the construction of meaning. I look at how we live, and the moment things stop making sense. My work happens outside the studio: on Skype, in department stores, on public transport, in ordinary life. Having trained in linguistics and written TV advertising, I try to disarticulate the tidy logic of everyday existence. If the mass media does a good job of making the 21st Century seem coherent, I think it’s more useful to unravel it. I like to remind myself how strange the world really is.

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Work of art I would like to make

I would like to develop my degree show project – ‘Err’ – into new territory.

In January, I contacted factories all over the world. I asked if one of their workers would produce an incorrect version of the product they make every day. I specified that the factory worker should commit an error that would render the object dysfunctional, and that this worker should choose what error to make. Whatever he/she created, I would pay for.

The work generated a barrage of confused emails, Skype chats, FedEx receipts and – to date – seventeen mutated objects. It’s a project about deliberate miscommunication: a moment of poetry within a hyper-efficient system of digital exchange. But above all, it’s a recognition of the imaginative human beings within a relentless system of mass-production.

With this in mind, I want to commission the same product over and over again, from many different corners of the globe.

I propose to order fifteen snow shovels (after Duchamp). By systematically creating the same product – and displaying these alongside each other – I want to lay the workers’ very distinct personalities side-by-side. Perhaps these shovels will arrive with inverted shafts, folded heads, multiple handles - or no flaws at all. This catalogue of defects may expose something of each worker’s relationship to their daily task. Perhaps it will reveal the sense of humour, logic and imagination of an invisible global workforce.

Each worker will be credited beside their work, along with all correspondence generated in the process.

My Artworks (6)

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