A Better Life For The Workers (I) book by Jen Liu for Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Electropore (2021)


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In Pink Slime Caesar Shift: Electropore (2021), Jen Liu continues to explore how insurrectionist ideas might be transmitted and received, using genetic engineering as a narrative vehicle to look at how industrial labor, global environmental racism, and myths of techno-optimism work in tandem. In this piece, Black and Asian womxn form an electrical closed loop: Their bodies are used to generate electricity, while they also consume it (with multiple cheap gadgets). What each performer does affects the others, but each is also deeply isolated, and the whole system operates in an infinite loop. This work responds to Fred Ho and Ann T. Green’s Warrior Sisters (2000), a jazz opera full of hope about feminist Black and Asian coalition in a speculative sci-fi realm. Electropore “electroshocks” Warrior Sisters' original musical score while asking: What might a real shared base of future coalition be, if not the biopolitics of digital exploitation? 

A Better Life For The Workers (I) was originally an internal training manual for activists working with and educating factory workers in Shenzhen, developed by Hong Kong-based NGO Worker Empowerment throughout the early 2000’s. More widely published in Chinese in 2013, the manual describes and analyzes the psychological, political, and legal issues shaping industrial work life in modern China. A Better Life For The Workers (I) is a re-publication of the original Chinese version alongside a 2021 English translation, designed by artist Jen Liu to reflect themes of hiding in plain sight, and dissolving visibility. These themes speak to the fate of the labor activists and NGO’s since 2013, an increasingly dire situation that has taken a turn to the impossible since 2020. All artist proceeds will go directly to a network of activist NGO’s in South China via Worker Empowerment.

-Edition of 500

-Size info: 6.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches(16.5 x 11.2 x 1 cm)

-164 pages



SKU: 64500

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