HENCE WHERE LABOUR (2012)

A text setting of an English translation of Marx’s 1858 manuscript Grundrisse der Kritik der politischen Ökonomie. Stretched horizontally across the floor of the gallery, a solo performer sings a subtly developing musical setting of the text "hence where labour in which a human being does what a thing could do has ceased"—composed entirely through the use of a computer algorithm. Marx's fragment—designated in historian Moishe Postone's analysis as outlining the material conditions for the full development of all of humanity—is staged here through a unique encounter between artistic labor and automation.

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  Performed by Fahad Siadat
  Sound Series #17, Presents Gallery
  January 27, 2012, Brooklyn, NY


  see also GROUND MUSIC