Jung79 is a depot. An office inside a depot. A delivery office. A van. A pick-up point. There are no actions, there are no characters, there is just the parcel. But no one knows what it contains, nor what it looks like.
To function, fulfilment capitalism requires a seamless organisation of agents, machines and logistics. This project is about these hardly visible spaces that cannot be shown at the risk of ruining the magic of the fulfilment illusion. This illusion is the basis of this new city-wide scenario, where the viewer can follow the processing of a parcel from its place of dispatch to its place of reception. Jung79 comprises a series of billboards and a van, which are situated at variable locations around London.
The pedestrian who finds themselves in front of a billboard is invited to enter the fiction that unfolds before their eyes, describing the environment without revealing the action, nor the protagonist. Travelling between the billboards, they realise that the protagonist could be a parcel that transits the locations at with the billboards are positioned. This scenario aims to foster an awareness that transcends objects and materiality and to activate states of coexistence that operate between the perceptible and the imperceptible.
At Fulfilment Services Ltd. we begin at the logistics of the systemised supply chain: algorithm to ‘click to buy’ to factory worker to shipping container to gig delivery driver to momentarily satisfied and fulfilled consumer; from there we link, de-link, and re-link. With Gasworks as the nexus of a series of public interventions, we invite international artists Arvid&Marie, DNA, Florence Jung, and Frank Wang Yefeng to respond to the contemporary provocation of an anti-fulfilment narrative.
Under existing infrastructures of production and consumption, networks are constantly in multi-directional movement building new needs once existing ones have been satisfied. In an ever-expanding and dissatisfying system we ask crucially: is capitalism fulfilling consumers or are consumers fulfilling capitalism?
The four new artist commissions situate themselves in and around London on billboards, delivery vehicles and digitally on an e-commerce platform and website. These works come together under the unified spirit of corroding existing networks of dissemination. At Fulfilment Services Ltd. our disseminated medium is very much part of our message: join us in imagining alternative realities of fulfilment by interrogating the chain of production, networks of transportation, and the extortionist quality of fabricated needs.
Fulfilment Services Ltd. is curated by Andreanne Beguin, Zidong Chen, Sarah Daher, Zifei Ge, Hayley Gibson, Jiawei Gu and Brenna Horrox from the MA Curating Contemporary Art Programme as part of the Graduate Projects 2021, Royal College of Art in partnership with Gasworks, supported by Jack Arts and Print&Digital.