"But, once adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labour passes through different metamorphoses, whose culmination is the machine, or rather, an automatic system of machinery (system of machinery: the automatic one is merely its most complete, most adequate form, and alone transforms machinery into a system), set in motion by an automaton, a moving power that moves itself; this automaton consisting of numerous mechanical and intellectual organs, so that the workers themselves are cast merely as its conscious linkages." "The Fragment on Machines", Karl Marx – from The Grundrisse (pp. 690-712)
Floating Factory is a tour through an imagined social factory in reference to Karl Marx's "The Fragment on Machines". The floating factory is the ultimate manifestation of capital and the Internet. Viewers listen to a disembodied narrator whisk them through a factory of the future with drones, mechanical dogs, conveyer belts and floating orbs of home office workers. The floating factory is based on an actual Amazon patent, U.S. Pat. No. 9,305,280, for an airborne fulfillment center. The custom designed box includes a graphic of drone delivery conducted by AMAZING INDUSTRIES in New York (the world's first drone delivery of art).
Brett Wallace is a New York-based artist whose practice involves an exploration of the future of work. He recently founded AMAZING INDUSTRIES - an R&D startup that demystifies the future of work and advocates for workers in the digital age. AMAZING INDUSTRIES has been shown at Silas Von Morisse Gallery, New York, SPRING/BREAK Art Show 2018, New York, Reshaping Work, Amsterdam and has been reviewed and mentioned in ARTnews, Artslant, Hyperallergic and WHITEHOT magazine. AMAZING INDUSTRIES is currently a member of NEW INC, the world’s first museum led incubator created by the New Museum. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Satellite Art Show at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2018 and NURTUREArt, New York, 2019.