Exiting the factory
Video installation, 3 mns 25, 2004
Silent choreography for vanished machines executed by workers left in the lurch.
3 mns 25
Year of production
Camera / Text / Editing / Production
20 February 2004. OCT factory in Dourdan (France).
When workers arrive this morning as usual at the factory, the machines have mysteriously disappeared. An anonymous circular is distributed to inform them of their forced dismissal. Deprived of their work tool, they decide to take action. Media wave follows, stating the facts and the legal battles of employees against their employers. Journalistic comments and speech appeared terribly stereotypical to me and I decided to meet them. A poetic documentary presented as a video installation was born from these meetings.
It has been said
"And so, a new Anglo-Saxon practice known as storytelling now sees professional storytellers intervening in corporate life.
Their job is to tell stories, to wage-earners in order to foster
certain behaviours and certain emotions in them, within the
framework of job restructuring or relocation, an intervention that clearly flags the new importance of emotion management in busmess administration. In September 2004, l'Espace Paul Ricard in Paris presented an exhibition-screening of Sandy Amerio's work entitled Storytelling of Emotions".
Paul Virilio in his book The Original Accident
"Becoming actors of their own story, these forgotten workers found a force, a presence that was until then denied to them."
Françoise Aline-Blain in Beaux-Arts Magazine
"The aestheticized investigations by Sandy Amerio (Exiting the factory) are a sign of receptibility, and undeniable attention to the global real."
Paul Ardenne in Art Press
"Discuss the truth of the document is a debate in contemporary art. Some artists undertake this gap in a very inventive way: In a kind of fable, Sandy Amerio appropriates the experience of OCT workers and their forced dismissal in Essonne."
Diane Watteau in Parade