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* Commissioned for “The Machine – Designing a new industrial revolution” at C-Mine Genk, curated by Jan Boelen of Z33, Belgium.

new production methods construct new socio-political systems. From the development of guilds in the Middle Age’s to the labour unions of the 20th century, workers have always regulated political power. The project questions the demise of the workers voice and proposes ways to reinstate it within our post-Fordist society.

new manufacturing techniques are likely enable a re-structuring of our economic and political structures. ‘(Waiting for) the People’ is a set of 14 protest signs, each hung in the exhibition space. The signs act as a provocation for change. Each sign containing an image that hints at a possible future, where the home has become the site of production (The availability of 3D printers at home is near; decentralising the production of physical objects). The documentary image on the reverse of each sign depicts a workers protest from the industrial era – proposing a link between production methods and socio-political change.

More info on content can be found in the “Design for a new consumer” project and at www.the-machine.be