The Laboring Self

The Laboring Self
October–December 2017

The Laboring Self was an interactive installation by past C3 Visiting Artists xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman that drew parallels between unregulated labor and its effect on workers' bodies in the Industrial Revolution and Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk online job platform. In the Center for Creative Connections, burrough and Starnaman presented three works within this larger series: Hired Hands, Weaving Texts: An Untitled Audio Tour, and Illuminated Voices. Each work was an artful invitation for visitors to participate in a conversation about labor and their bodies.

The Laboring Self was partially funded by a Community Project grant from Humanities Texas and a grant for pursuing civil and social justice through art from Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.