APHIDS



 

 

8 Seconds Rest is filmed in Solidarity Hall in collaboration with on-demand workers — ‘independent contractors’ for platform capitalist companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and Easi.

Solidarity Hall was built to honour the 8-hour-day labour campaign of the 1850s. Fast-forward to 2020, and on-demand workers are working longer hours and paid per ‘gig’ or task. Unpaid waiting between jobs is a big part of these workers’ days, who on average, make less than the minimum hourly wage. Covid-19 has shone a light on the risky and insecure work that has enabled much of society to ‘stay at home’.

For 52 ACTIONS, APHIDS is paying these workers to undertake their liminal labour inside of this historic ‘People’s Palace’. Flanked by the history, banners and political declarations of the trade union movement, our collaborators are working a paid 'shift' for our project.

8 Seconds Rest is part of a larger APHIDS project EASY RIDERS, a collaborative performance made with workers of the on-demand economy.

APHIDS are Eugenia Lim, Mish Grigor, Lara Thoms and Rebecca McCauley
On-Demand workers: Cher Tan and Wasay
Photographer: Aaron Claringbold

www.aphids.net

Artist bio

APHIDS is a 26-year-old artist-led experimental art organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. Collaborative and future-focused, APHIDS is led by Co-Directors Eugenia Lim, Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor. The work of APHIDS is feminist, intersectional, angry and funny; bringing artists into meaningful exchange with audiences through performance, critical dialogue and unpredictable encounters in the public realm.

Past APHIDS works have been presented in major venues in every state and territory in Australia, and in more unexpected places: in ricefields and samurai hotels in Japan, churches in Finland, industrial zones in Bulgaria, and beamed into outer space. Our collaborators have included funeral directors, scientists, regional societies, motorcycle and senior citizens’ clubs. Our projects promote open, accessible yet complex and rigorous encounters between artists and public.

Aphids was founded in 1994 by Artistic Director/composer David Young, writer/musician Cynthia Troup, visual artist Sarah Pirrie and fashion designer Kath Banger. In 2010, Willoh S. Weiland joined the company as Artistic Director putting her own unique mark on the company ethos with an experimental and innovative program fusing music, performance and new technologies. In 2019 Aphids entered into a new era, led by Co-Directors Eugenia Lim, Lara Thoms and Mish Grigor.

07.12.2020


A man with black hair and brown skin is wearing a silver jacket. He stands in front of a red and gold banner with a slogan that reads: 8 hours work, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest.



08.12.2020


A man with black hair and brown skin is wearing a silver jacket. He stands in front of a red and gold banner with a slogan that reads: 8 hours work, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest



09.12.2020


A woman with pale skin and long black and blonde hair tied in a pony tail sits scrolling on her phone in front of a heritage mural wall that lists the names of past presidents of the Trades Hall Council.



10.12.2020


The back of a man with short black hair and brown skin, dressed in a silver jacket, who is looking down, near the historic wall mural, where a decorative vase is painted with the reminder '888'.



11.12.2020


A man with short black hair and brown skin and a woman with pale skin and long black and blonde hair in a pony tail stand in front of a beige archway. The man leans forward looking down, while the woman scrolls through her phone. They stand a bit apart, in front of green curtains. The red and gold of banners below are seen at the edge of the frame.




Past Actions

07 Jun - 13 Jun 2021

Unbound Collective

31 May - 06 Jun 2021

OLC Art Collective

24 May - 30 May 2021

Naomi Hobson

17 May - 23 May 2021

Adrft Lab

10 May - 16 May 2021

Pat Brassington

03 May - 09 May 2021

Eddie Abd

26 Apr - 02 May 2021

Loren Kronemyer

19 Apr - 25 Apr 2021

Guo Jian

12 Apr - 18 Apr 2021

Kenny Pittock

05 Apr - 11 Apr 2021

Jannawi Dance Clan

29 Mar - 04 Apr 2021

Gillian Kayrooz

22 Mar - 28 Mar 2021

Nathan Beard

15 Mar - 21 Mar 2021

Pilar Mata Dupont

08 Mar - 14 Mar 2021

Michael Cook

01 Mar - 07 Mar 2021

Seini F Taumoepeau

22 Feb - 28 Feb 2021

Dani Marti

15 Feb - 21 Feb 2021

Lill Colgan & Sab D'Souza

08 Feb - 14 Feb 2021

Chris Yee

01 Feb - 07 Feb 2021

Rochelle Haley

25 Jan - 31 Jan 2021

Karrabing Film Collective

18 Jan - 24 Jan 2021

Nici Cumpston

11 Jan - 17 Jan 2021

Johnathon World Peace Bush

07 Dec - 13 Dec 2020

Aphids

30 Nov - 06 Dec 2020

Raquel Ormella

23 Nov - 29 Nov 2020

Léuli Eshrāghi

16 Nov - 22 Nov 2020

Rolande Souliere

09 Nov - 15 Nov 2020

TV Moore

02 Nov - 08 Nov 2020

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

26 Oct - 01 Nov 2020

Ivey Wawn

19 Oct - 25 Oct 2020

Naomi Blacklock

12 Oct - 18 Oct 2020

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

05 Oct - 11 Oct 2020

Yhonnie Scarce

28 Sep - 04 Oct 2020

Ruha Fifita

21 Sep - 27 Sep 2020

Kaylene Whiskey

14 Sep - 20 Sep 2020

Adam Linder

07 Sep - 13 Sep 2020

Archie Barry

31 Aug - 06 Sep 2020

Min Wong

24 Aug - 30 Aug 2020

Hayley Millar-Baker

17 Aug - 23 Aug 2020

Erin Coates

10 Aug - 16 Aug 2020

Diego Bonetto

03 Aug - 09 Aug 2020

Tyza Stewart

27 Jul - 02 Aug 2020

Larissa Hjorth

20 Jul - 26 Jul 2020

Louise Zhang

13 Jul - 19 Jul 2020

Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh)

06 Jul - 12 Jul 2020

Stelarc

29 Jun - 05 Jul 2020

Rainbow Chan

22 Jun - 28 Jun 2020

Jason Phu

15 Jun - 21 Jun 2020

Abdul Abdullah

08 Jun - 14 Jun 2020

Patricia Piccinini

01 Jun - 07 Jun 2020

Brook Andrew

25 May - 31 May 2020

Radha

18 May - 24 May 2020

James Tylor