Process / Material / Manufacture project, The Tetley, Leeds. Structures by Charlotte Morgan. Photo: Axis.

Process / Material / Manufacture project, The Tetley, Leeds. Structures by Charlotte Morgan. Photo: Axis.

Process / Material / Manufacture

21 June – 27 July 2014

During their guest-curated Resource Space project at The Tetley, artist/publishers COPY will present a number of events and an evolving selection of research materials that contribute to the development of a new publication.

Exploring documents, works and ideas surrounding the qualities of materials and their manipulation, labour, repetition, making, form, physicality and actions and patterns associated with technologies, the project will draw together industrial processes, artistic practices and forms of publishing. The publication, launched 2015, will bring together work by artists from the UK and Turkey exploring process, material and manufacture, making reference to The Tetley and their forthcoming residency at Torna, Istanbul. For more information visit the project blog:


Manual Labours: Screening

Wednesday 9 July 2014, 6 – 7.30pm

Featuring Harun Farocki, Worker Leaving the Factory and Pilvi Takala, The Trainee, followed by Manual Labours and Copy in conversation. Manual Labours is a long term research project exploring people’s physical relationships to work, initiated by Jenny Richards and Sophie Hope. This project reconsiders current time-based structures of work (when does work start and end?) and reasserts the significance of the physical (manual) aspect of immaterial, affective and emotional labour. COPY invited Manual Labours to present a screening as part of their research project Process / Material / Manufacture at The Tetley, which will contribute to a forthcoming publication. Manual Labours selected films that capture the conversation of transformation of labour processes and bring in the context of the tetley from production factory to cultural museum. The screening and talk was followed by a discussion involving the hosts and audience.

Harun Farocki’s 1995 work Worker Leaving the Factory charts a history of workers  appearing in film since the late 19th Century. Beginning with the film Workers Leaving The Lumière Factory In Lyon (La Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon, 1895) by the brothers Louis and Auguste Lumière (45 seconds), which shows approximately 100 workers at a factory for photographic goods in Lyon-Montplaisir leaving through two gates and exiting the frame to both sides, farocki set himself the task of bringing together footage of workers leaving their workplaces in documentaries, industrial and propaganda films, newsreels and features. The resulting work a Originally presented as a 12 screen installation, Manual Labours will present a selection of clips from the work.

Films from The Trainee (2008) follow the Pilvi Takala working for a month as trainee ‘Johanna Takala’ in the marketing department of Deloitte, a company offering integrated services that include Audit, Tax, Consulting andCorporate Finance. Her acts while in the role, or rather the absence of visible action, slowly make the atmosphere around the trainee unbearable and force the colleagues to search for solutions and come up with explanations for the situation. Takala explores non-doing as lacking a place in the general order of things, and thus acting as a threat to order. The Trainee was produced in a collaboration with Deloitte and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art and supported by Finnish Cultural Foundation. Manual Labours is supported by the Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practice, Birkbeck.

You can listen to the talk by Jenny Richards (Manual Labours) below:


Q & A and Discussion:


COPY: Art and Publishing round-table conversation

Saturday 19 July 2014, 12 – 1.30 pm

COPY is a platform for practice that experiments widely with text, narrative, language, pages and reading and often operate at the intersection of visual art, writing, publishing and performance. They have produced projects, events and publications in partnerships with international arts organisations and have featured in publishing fairs and events since 2008. COPY founders Joanna Loveday and Charlotte Morgan spoke about their practice as artists, writers and publishers in an informal discussion, writers and publishers, drawing on issues surrounding self publishing and the published form, current debates around the presence of experimental writing in the fields of visual art, performance and literature, and the lineage of practices they trace as influences.



Thursday 24 July 2014, 4-8pm

COPY will be in The Tetley’s Resource Space, working on the project using The Tetley archive to further their research. Come along any time between 4 and 8pm to speak to Joanna and Charlotte and find out more.