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Sam Meech’s 8 Hours Labour project uses working hours data collected from people working predominantly in digital, creative and cultural industries. Based on social reformer Robert Owens’ eight hour day movement – which called for eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest, in response to the accelerated working hours of the the Industrial Revolution – the piece offers a translation of the ‘888’ movement banner. Meech’s knitted banner displays glitches in the fabric for each half hour that present-day workers who contributed their labour data to the piece worked over an eight-hour day. The version on display was created for Data as Culture 2 in 2014.


The artists

Felicity Ford

David Griffiths and Julian Rohrhuber

Ellen Harlizius-Kluck

Dan Hett

Amy Twigger Holroyd

David Littler

Alex McLean

Antonio Roberts