Film still from Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force, 2015; 40 minutes, HD Video, 16:9.
Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force
9.00—9.45pm, Tuesday 16 July 2019
Following the second session of Automatic for the People, a reading group on the hopes and struggles of technology (you can read more about the reading group here), Rhubaba is delighted to present a screening of Kajsa Dahlberg’s film Reach, Grasp, Move, Position, Apply Force (2014-2015).
The screening is free to attend and unticketed. Drinks, snacks, and popcorn will be provided.
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.
Kajsa Dahlberg is a visual artist born in Sweden, and currently living in Oslo. She is a research fellow at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She received a Master’s degree from Malmö Art Academy in 2003 and was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York from 2007 to 2008. Her work is informed by queer feminist theory; it investigates the specific relationships between filmic – or graphic – inscriptions of bodies (human and non-human) and the mechanisms through which these become disciplinary forces in our societies. Kajsa’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde; Parra & Romero in Madrid; Lunds Konsthall and Index in Stockholm; as well as in group shows and biennials, such as 8 Bienal do Mercosul, Berlin; Manifesta 8; and the Modern Museum in Stockholm.
This event is open to everyone.
If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org and we can advise if we are able to accommodate. Please note that unfortunately Rhubaba does not have a wheelchair accessible toilet or any baby changing facilities and has one gender neutral bathroom. The gallery space is accessible by wheelchair; please email in advance (or knock!) and staff will assist with the door. Assistance dogs are welcome.