HENCE WHERE LABOUR is part of an ongoing series of text settings 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 layered against the inert labor of a single performing body occupying the time and space of the musical frame.

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

  see also GROUND MUSIC