01 | Animation of re-enacted manual tasks alongside 5000times.
5000times materialises an investigation into invisible forms of labour within the production of ICT devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops). Each stack materialises the manual work of one person in one day located within the manufacture of ICT devices. The stacks capture how often one task will be performed in one day by one person. This quantity becomes visible by layering the added material, which usually is spread in thousands of devices.
Within the animation of 5000times, Mager compiles an incomplete list of these manual tasks. This data and the calculation of repetitions in one day are based on a video-analysis of footages showing factory tours through ICT manufacturing sites.
The invisibility and secrecy around physical labour within the ICT sector sits in contrast to the mass-visibility of ICT products within modern societies. Their role in supplying comfort and advantages to the consumer-end is in opposition to the lack of agency and the discomfort that is maintained within the contexts of their production. This paradox of of modern communication devices, is the motivation for 5000times.