Created and Curated by Adeola Enigbokan and Merle Patchett
Terrible Karma is a mobile audio-visual installation exploring the global reverberations of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, on its 100th anniversary.
Terrible Karma works from the premise that ‘sound is haunting… a presence whose location in space is ambiguous and whose existence in time is transitory’ (David Toop), meshing oral histories of Triangle fire survivors with audio recordings of mega-scale garment factories in Qingyuan, China and protest songs of present-day garment workers in Bangladesh and Cambodia to invoke the contemporary and transnational resonances of the Triangle fire.
The title – Terrible Karma – refers to both the title of a protest song sung by Cambodian female garment workers at a union rally in Phnom Penh (July 2010) and to the idea that events of the garment industry past continue to haunt the present: that injustice always coming back. The work arises out of our mutual desire to mark the centenary of the Triangle factory fire whilst also exploring the constraints and conditions in which garment workers continue to work, live and die.
The work ‘takes to the streets’ on March 25th, 2011 when the sounds and photographs will be projected out of a van driven through the streets of New York, stopping at various points to allow passers-by to experience the work from inside the van's claustrophobic confines.
For those not in NY the work is available to experience and download from the link supplied below.
N.B. this work is self-motivated and self-funded if you watch the video above all we are asking in return is that you leave a comment stating where in the world you experience it on the webpage so we can attempt to track how far it reverberates. Thanks!
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