Assemblage is a collaborative labor performance that critiques and reimagines the relationship between industrial production and its effects on our lives. Instead of being just another participant in the global and disparate production circle, what if you could crowdsource mutual need into shared local labor. The performance prompts people to complete one simple task several times in a community led production effort, a local assembly line, in exchange for one of the objects that they have, in a small way, contributed to the making of.
Today, globalization has created complex and disparate methods of producing an object, each part of the production process is specialized, often in opposite ends of the world. What if we could take the efficient aspects of the industrial revolution, and re-apply it to a local community? A mix and mash of elements, Assemblage is the typical assembly line, but designed for local and spontaneous engagement. It cuts out the middle steps of labor, value, and currency, and connects you directly with the making of the object, infusing soul through micro-efforts of simple making, but with none of the required complexity and dedication of traditional craftsmanship.
Assemblage was performed in the Textile Lab at Waag Society, Amsterdam, January 2017, during the Amsterdam Fashion Week. It was the final culmination of a 4 month course on textile futures. The performance and concept was designed and arranged by Monique Grimord. The performers were volunteers that dedicated 2 hours to the production of a tote bag, which each performer took home.