ONE WORK | 'Aideen Doran, Women Sitting at the Machine, Thinking'

Part of ONE WORK

25 November 2020


Woman standing at a podium. The woman has short hair and is wearing glasses and a green shirt.
Karen Brodine, reading. Image courtesy of Red Letter Press.

For the next event in the ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK series Aideen Doran will discuss her recent audio work Women Sitting at the Machine, Thinking (2018 – 2020).

Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking comprises a polyphonic chorus of voices reading extracts from the poetry collection of the same name by the Marxist-feminist writer Karen Brodine. Brodine completed this work between 1978 and 1987 in San Francisco, supporting herself as a typesetter while also working as a political activist. Subtitled a collection of work poems’, they trace connections between the alienation of the mechanized workday and marginalised experiences of class, gender and race.

The readers speak Brodine’s passionate and fiery words over a shifting backdrop of digital tones and beats mixed from distorted field recordings of office equipment. Sometimes the voices speak in precarious harmony, as when they chant down the hours and minutes until lunch break. Other times they overlap, talk over one another, interrupt and repeat one another. Together they attempt to speak of what work takes from workers’ minds and bodies, and what it can’t: solidarity, intelligence, dreams. These things are the noise, the interference that erupts from the edges of discourse to haunt the orderly running of capital and labour.

The work is available on Aideen’s website where it is accompanied by a text by James Clegg. Additional editing and mixing for this work was completed by sound artist and composer Joe Howe.

The event take place online and will be transcribed live.

Over the last few months LUX Scotland has been holding a series of online events led by artists. For each event, an artist based in Scotland presents a recent work and talks through how the work came into being. Each artist has been joined by one of the LUX Scotland team and up to 40 online participants.

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Aideen Doran

Aideen Doran (she/​her) is an artist from Ireland, living in Scotland.

Her work addresses structures and systems of power, labour and the production of knowledge in an increasingly digital world. Aideen works primarily with video and sound, focusing on moments of societal transformation or historical trauma, using non-linear narrative forms and the alienation effect to make familiar forms and images feel strange.

Part of ONE WORK

ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.

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