Patrick Goddard & Pil And Galia Kollectiv

9 Feb 2016

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This film screening brings together two works; ‘Greater Fool Theory’ (35:00 mins, 2015) by Patrick Goddard and ‘Suck the Living Labour’ (37:45 mins, 2013) by Pil and Galia Kollectiv.


‘Greater Fool Theory’ is a documentary style film, following the artist’s reunion with an old school friend – now a quantitative analyst working in Canary Wharf. Presented through a series of short interviews, what originally begins as a cynical interrogation of modern banking (or as the protagonist describes it: “an edgy banker-bashing artist film”) ultimately evolves in a way that calls into question the antagonist’s dogmatic approach and naïve presumptions. 

“Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. The time during which the labourer works, is the time during which the capitalist consumes the labour-power he has purchased of him.” – Karl Marx

Taking Karl Marx’s statement as a departure point, ‘Suck the Living Labour’ considers the position of young and old workers within a post-Fordist landscape, who are increasingly under pressure to be efficient and resourceful – at any cost. When governmental cutbacks and austerity measures are implemented, and with unemployment rates rising, an extreme alternative solution for the “distillation” of labour must be pursued…


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