The Conveyor Belt Series//
Experiment 5 05/
Worker Conveyer Belt Product
The Worker also known as the machine has one role, to process and produce in the most efficient and effective way. The worker is mechanical, they or it embodies the non-human even if it’s form resembles human characteristics, this is simply a branding scheme of false impressions to satisfy the space in which surrounds it. Through emboding the machine by repeating simple or complex actions over and over, day after day, it shuts out the space around it and applies its sole attention to the process at hand. Its purpose is to serve the conveyer belt until it reaches the end of the line.
The Product which in this case is the white sheet embodies the human and non-human through its material aesthetics. The product arrives untouched, such as a rough stone ready to be moulded and polished into what it is to become. It arrives at the start of the conveyer belt and is guided and altered by the worker, with each different stage of the line pushing the product in the direction the conveyer belt plans it to go. Once the product serves its purpose, influenced by the worker it will reach the end of the conveyer belt back as a rough stone and the process begins again.
The Conveyer Belt is a collective source with little physical representation other than a metaphorical one. It guides and influences the worker, the product and the space which surrounds it. The conveyer belts role is to delegate by guiding each stage of its system, through creating stages and roles. For the Product and the Worker these are the norms that are unknowingly forced upon them by the system, these are simply excepted as fact. The conveyer belt decides if a product is to become a worker or stay as a product, but a worker can not become a product again unless it reaches the end of the system.
For Experiment 5 05 this is fact, these stages, roles and purposes are fixed. It is a line surrounding the inside of a washing machine that is constantly in motion. The Conveyer Belt Series however is more mouldable situation with the Conveyer Belt, Product and Worker being able to switch places or even becoming the same thing. The individuals or groups decide these outcomes through the altering or extending of the conveyer belt by realising true individual purpose. This brings about question over the facts regarding roles and purpose within the conveyer belt, how do we except the current systems for what it is, or do we start to challenge the influences and processes which we believe as fact, as fiction.