Wage/Working Opening & Celebration

May 28, 2013: 10am- 7pm
Cairo Public Library

15 Railroad Ave | Cairo, NY | (518) 622-9864

Installation: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Celebration/Reception: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Take a break and join us for the unveiling of the Wage/Working project's jukebox-based installation, featuring stories and sounds from the working lives of residents of Greene and Columbia counties. Community members are also invited to bring their own CDs of locally produced sounds to trade for a CD that was in the original jukebox. The CDs can include any audio (music, interviews, etc.) as long as it originated in Greene or Columbia county, and will be considered for inclusion in the Wage/Working jukebox, which will be located for the next six months in the Cairo Public Library's Teen Room.

Wage/Working addresses the issues of income inequality and the concept of wage through a time-based transmission installation and radio broadcast series. During their two-month residency Hadden and Watson collected stories and interviews with workers in the Greene and Columbia counties community regarding their jobs and their relationship to their work. These stories were edited to a length, corresponding with the amount of time it takes each interviewee to earn $1, creating an inverse relationship between monetary value and time.

The Wage/Working project was created by Tennessee Watson & Laura Hadden as a part of an AIR Live Interactive Residency at free103point9 Wave Farm, and WGXC 90.7-FM in Acra, NY. Financial support was provided, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which believes that a great nation deserves great art.