“Re: Working Labor Exhibition” at School of the Art Institute of Chicago
SEPTEMBER 20–NOVEMBER 27, 2019
RE: WORKING LABOR > Proof of Soil
Sullivan Galleries, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
This fall I’m debuting a new artwork titled “Proof of Soil” in a fantastic exhibition called “Re: Working Labor” that explores the current state of contemporary labor. My piece looks at the problem of massive energy required to produce cryptocurrency. It speculates on the new forms of non-human labor – the labor of microbes in contaminated soil/brown fields (microbial fuel cells) as a solution to power the massive energy use of the computer AI of the blockchain to create cryptocurrency.