Manual Labours


The Building as a Body

In 2017 Manual Labours are in residence at Nottingham Contemporary.

The Building as a Body is a project between Manual Labours (Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards) and the staff at Nottingham Contemporary.

Through a series of workshops we have been assessing the health of different parts of the building staff work in. Employees have been diagnosing problems with the architecture such as cramped working conditions leading to the crippling of the building’s skeletal structure, lack of fresh air leading to structural respiratory problems and blockages in the digestive storage system leading to constipation and trapped wind.

Manual Labours are working with staff to develop and perform prescriptions to improve the health of the building they occupy on a daily basis.

Free public event: Monday 22 May, 6.30-8.30pm
During this public event Manual Labours will screen a film they commissioned by Irish artist Sarah Browne, ‘Report to an Academy’ 2016, exploring the contemporary academic environment as a neoliberal, Kafkaesque workplace, after which they will perform an endoscopy of the building as a body.