Will Work For Food — Gallery Aferro

By Karl Heinz Jeron • 9 Sep 2008

Gallery Aferro 73 Market St Newark NJ 07102 www.aferro.org

Outside Over There
Fourth Annual In the Country of Last Things exhibition
Curated by Emma Wilcox
September 27 – November 22, 2008
Opening Reception September 27, 7-10 PM

Will Work for Food
Bring a can of food to barter with the robots from September 27 – November 22, 2008,
Barter starts at 7 PM at the opening
All proceeds to be donated to Newark food banks

Will Work for Food is a project by KH Jeron about labour and barter economy.

Small robotic vehicles trade their manpower for food. The vehicles can draw and whistle popular songs.

Interactions with the robots throughout Europe have taken various forms: small offerings of packaged sweets, regional specialties, homemade foods, and even full dinners.  In Newark, Gallery Aferro and KH Jeron will have the robots perform in the gallery as a food drive to question the collective responsibility of a city’s residents towards each other. According to Jeron, Will Work for Food deals with “a re-assessment of labour: its disjunction from covering the cost-of-living of the individual.They give an occasion and a space for social interaction and discussion.”

Artists:
Keliy Anderson-Staley, Mireille Astore, Martin John Callanan, Karlos Carcamo, Margarida Correia, Susan E. Evans, Judith Hoffman, KH Jeron, Tamara Kostianovsky, Charles Huntley Nelson Anne Percoco,Dorothy Schultz, Jeff Sims, Peter Tuomey Jr, Tammy Jo Wilson