Movement Materials and What We Can Do / Andrew Norman Wilson

Presented by Headlands Center for the Arts

Workers Leaving the GooglePlex investigates a top secret, marginalized class of workers at Google's international corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley. Andrew Norman Wilson's film documents the yellow badge-wearing ScanOps Google Books workers, while simultaneously chronicling the complex events surrounding his own dismissal from the company. The reference to the Lumière Brother's 1895 film Workers Leaving the Factory situates the video within motion picture history, suggesting transformations and continuities in arrangements of labour, capital, media, and information. The ScanOps project is based on Google Books images in which software distortions, the scanning site, and the hands of ScanOps employees are visible. Through varied analog presentations of these images, the technologies and processes used are emphasized. These re-materializations are treated as photography— taking the form of framed image-sculptures, compiled in a mobile book-sculpture, and presented in a performance-lecture. In the performance-lecture, Andrew Norman Wilson employs corporate, academic and artistic lecture techniques to the intertwining concerns of both projects. Medium-specific considerations and various histories of the film, video, photography and publishing media are addressed, emphasizing the materiality of analog and digital media and the labor processes required for transitioning between these forms.

The performance is part of ZERO1's 9 evenings performance series, and will be presented by
Headlands Center for the Arts.
October 7, 2012
Dinner following at 6:30- registration required

Andrew Norman Wilson

lives and work in Chicago, IL


Andrew Norman Wilson currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. He holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.S. from Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication. He is a 2011 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA fellowship and the Edward Ryerson Fellowship. His work has been presented at the Images Festival in Toronto, the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Eastern Bloc Center in Montreal, Yaffo 23 in Jerusalem, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UCLA, and Reed College.