Mo(WE)ments of labor, installation, durational action, 2014, We owe each other everything. Organized by Andrew Kachel within Deviance Credits, CCS Bard / Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Mo(WE)ments of labor

"she had a queer feeling that they were being watched"

but the origin is doubtful.
work, esp. hard physical work.
workers, esp. manual workers, considered collectively.
manual workers considered as a social class or political force.

strive, struggle, endeavor, work, try, work hard, try hard, make every effort, do one's best, do one's utmost, do all one can, give one's all, go all out, fight, put oneself out, apply oneself, exert oneself;
bend/lean/fall over backwards, pull out all the stops

verb: queer;
3rd person present: queers;
past tense: queered;
past participle: queered;
gerund or present participle: queering
adjective: queer;
comparative adjective:
superlative adjective: queerest

make great effort.
spoil or ruin (an agreement, event, or situation).

laborers, labor force, proletariat
"- and labor need to cooperate"
delivery, nativity;
contractions, labor pains;
"she labored to unite - "
"a project on which we had labored for many years"

work, work hard, toil, slave (away), grind away, struggle, strive, exert oneself, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a dog, work like a Trojan;
slog away, plug away;
moil, oblique, perverse,


During the opening participants in Clara López Menéndez symposium-crash course Is It Really Working? Vanessa Anspaugh, Amelia Bande, Gregg Bordowitz, Kajsa Dahlberg, Andrew Kachel, Alhena Katsof, Clara López Menéndez where invited to interact with the space trough A score for queer labor.

A score for queer labor

Three call bells are placed on the tables and floor, to be used.
The score includes two positions.

Find a spot in the room, position yourself.
Stand straight and still with eyes open.
Think of what queer labors are, or could be.
Choose one movement which is part of that labor.

Go to one of the call bells and hit it.

Find a new spot in the room, position yourself.
Stand straight and still with eyes closed.
Imagine yourself (by yourself or together with others) doing exactly that movement over and over again until you feel exhausted.

Go to one of the call bells and hit it.

Start over.

When you need a break you either leave the room or sit down somewhere in the room.


Mo(WE)ment of Labor also includes an ongoing collaboration with undergraduate students at Bard Collage. More to come.


Photo: Shannon Fitzpatrick Photo: Kerry Downey Photo: James Tarmy Photo: Kerry Downey Photo: James Tarmy