This coarse examines the history of industrialized production, the politics of labor, and the body at work. Through skill sharing, lectures, readings and discussions, students will explore existing systems of manufacturing and distribution: the assembly line, piecework production, mechanization, and global systems of transportation. Students will investigate and learn how to operate the industrial and home sewing machines, digital embroidery machine, long arm sewing machine, and computer aided plotter for possible tools of artistic production. These technical skills coupled with methodologies of performances of labor, public actions, collaboration and display, students will generate projects adopting a “hacking” perspective to consider ways of re-coding materials, systems and mechanisms of contemporary global manufacturing.
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