Accumulative Care is an ongoing research project that explore how feminist and care-informed artistic methodologies present new ways to conceptualise the relationship between bodies and technology. The project examines the concepts of social and bodily risks associated with new forms of digital labour omitted in a digital discourse that forefronts shiny technical products, but nevertheless relies on exploitative chains of production that range from data producing child gamers, prosumers, influencers, and online sex workers, content moderators, data entry workers, metal miners, and hardware assembly workers. Using the format of care as the basis for the installation, the artistic practice present digital labour as a question of mental labour which frames the viewers body. Created from collection of individual testimonies from data workers that identify the body parts in which the pressure, stress, or pain of digital work is experienced, a series audio body relaxation exercises that address the collective experiences of digital work form the basis for the installation Accumulative Care.
Alexandra Jønsson, Accumulative Care, installation, London Gallery West (2020). Audio relaxation voiceover by healthcare activist and organiser Toyin Adeyinka. Image: Jalaikon