John (Stower) is the first of a series of sculptures responding to Amazon’s treatment of its human workers and the ongoing automation of work within Amazon Fulfilment Centres.

The work’s structure is made from an aluminium modular extrusion system commonly used in autonomous forms of production and to build office partitions. Sitting on top of the structure is a 3D printed arm with an SD card embedded within. Each artwork in the series represents a human worker and the body part that they use on a regular basis in their job whilst working for Amazon, body parts that will soon be replaced by intelligent automated machines. Within each 3D print an SD card is embedded that contains an interview with the affected employee, speaking about their experience working for Amazon. The embedded technology references the ongoing practice of unpaid and underpaid labourers hiding ‘cry for help’ notes in different products, attempting to alert authorities to unsafe working conditions and forms of modern day slavery.

John (Stower), 2021

Aluminium modular system, 3D printed PLA, SD card, miscellaneous screws

135 x 40 x 40 cm

Edition of 1, 1AP

John (Stower), 2021 (detail)

Aluminium modular system, 3D printed PLA, SD card, miscellaneous screws

135 x 40 x 40 cm

Edition of 1, 1AP

Install_1_Close Up.jpg

John (Stower), 2021 (detail)

Aluminium modular system, 3D printed PLA, SD card, miscellaneous screws

135 x 40 x 40 cm

Edition of 1, 1AP

Install_2_Close Up.jpg

John (Stower), 2021 (detail)

Aluminium modular system, 3D printed PLA, SD card, miscellaneous screws

135 x 40 x 40 cm

Edition of 1, 1AP

Install_4_Close Up.jpg

John (Stower), 2021 (detail)

Aluminium modular system, 3D printed PLA, SD card, miscellaneous screws

135 x 40 x 40 cm

Edition of 1, 1AP

Install_3_Close Up.jpg