La Relève [Half Day Shift] is the result of a artist residency/research fellowship at the Université de Toulouse 2 - Le Mirail during the winter of 2008. The work is made up of four parts: two photographic sequences (one of them is a digital projection), a grid of twenty photographs, and one single photograph. The central theme of the images is not the time students spend doing (casual) remunerated work, nor the time they spend doing the studying that they pay for, these days, with their earnings. Both of these form part of the same economic and institutional structure which tends to compromise the intrinsic value of knowledge and study. The images, instead, turn their attention to the space and time that exists between these two moments of production, where the transition, and in a certain way the separation, between life on the campus and life in the city takes place. These are spaces where the university and the city interconnect, or short-circuit one another. The photographs were inspired by three works which represent, as Harun Farocki says in his film Workers Leaving the Factory, the moment in which the worker turns his back on work: the film La sortie de l’usine made by the Lumière brothers in Lyon in 1895; the series of photographs Labor Anonymous taken by Walker Evans in Detroit in 1946; and Untitled Slide Sequence by Allan Sekula, made in San Diego in 1972.
|Translated title of the contribution||Half-day Shift|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
Bibliographical notePapel Alpha, Cuadernos de Fotografía, Universidad de Salamanca
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