st.itch

2019 | MULTIMEDIA PATCHWORK

26 scannable QR codes | 4 channel video in a 13 minute loop | single channel sound

st.itch is multimedia patchwork that looks at the transgressive potential of women’s domestic labor and its connection to cybernetics and code.

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Installation View, st.itch, testsite, Austin (2019)

Drawn in by an endless supply of images in the archives in the north of England of women sitting indoors, quietly, head bent, fingers busy, often alone - lost in what is being created with their hands, st.itch explores where the mind travels to when the body is engaged in repetitive/ endless/ invisible/ mechanised labour.

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waiting, st.itch (video still)

While women spent hours on end cutting vegetables, washing clothes, doing the dishes and sewing stitch after stitch, weaving knit after knit in their “free” time – the mind enters a deep daydream. What effects do mechanical labor have on the mind, and what are the connections between women’s domestic labor – programming – cybernetics and code?

While abiding by a certain conduct have women also been living in code? Is there a glitch in the system to slip through the cracks of the physical realm? Can we decode this system through the archive?

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An endless afternoon defragments, st.itch (video still)

Commissioned By: New North and South, a network of eleven arts organisations from across South Asia and the North of England in a three-year programme of co- commissions, exhibitions and intellectual exchange.

List of Archives:

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Central Library

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Working Class Movement Library, Salford

Glasgow Women’s Library

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Museums

The Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths Library Special Collections

With support from: Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art

Exhibition History

2020

Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India.

2019

Test.site by Fluent Collaborative, Austin, Tx.

Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India.

Made with from Goa.