The Weight of Your World:
A Force of Nature Interactive Event
"The Weight of Your World," a public interactive event from The Carrying Stones Project, lets visitors to the “Force of Nature” installation step into the role of participants. Attendees estimate how much time they spend on paid labor and unpaid labor in a custom-built app. If they report, for example, that they spend 56 hours out of every 100 on paid work and 32 hours on unpaid work, they are handed 56 POUNDS and 32 POUNDS of stones to carry. They then have their portrait taken wearing or carrying a custom-generated sculpture of their working hours.
Stones come in 10, 5, and 1 pound increments. Each pound represents an hour of labor performed, and each stone is labeled with a punched time card so every hour is precisely accounted for. Additionally, stones come sewn into either black or white stretchy sacks... black stands out against the background (paid) and white blends in (unpaid).
By examining their own workloads, and those of partners and friends -- and then shouldering physical depictions of those loads -- the "Weight of Your World" experience gives people new insight as to how they fit in to the larger labor landscape.
"The Weight of Your World" has been performed twice in September and October 2017 in Oakland, CA.