20 February 2014

Diamandini Mari Velonaki 2013 Installation At Fact As Part Of Time Motion Redefining Working Life

"The saying ‘too much of something is no good’ is true when it comes to today’s working world and technology. With our iPhones answering life’s riddles, and having to unwillingly take up short term employment using the self-service tills at Tesco; clearly, technology is starting to wear the pants in this relationship.

Although, we are still managing to compete using what we have learnt in school, how will we compete in future? It seems fair to say that the educational systems will have to improve in order to equip school leavers at sixteen with the appropriate skills to give them half the chance of getting a job.

The economies of the world run on labourers earning, paying tax and consuming, due to having needs that these robots of the future will not have. In short, they will not be buying Christmas presents for anyone. It is known that when the economy suffers our most important needs are compromised and less accessible, for instance, having to buy a freddo for more than 10p.

The question is where do we go from here? There are many benefits that we enjoy on a social and professional level, such as free instant Wi-Fi, but when it comes to work; we need to understand that technology can be a useful tool rather than the solution."

Our exhibition Time & Motion: Redefining Working Life explores the relationship between work and technology and is open seven days a week until 9 March, Free entry.