CLOCKING live broadcasts: 3rd – 4th June, 2014

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CLOCKING Live Broadcasts:
12 noon, Tues 3rd – 12 noon, Wed 4th June
(Streamed live to your computer desktop. Download the software here:

12.30pm – 1.30pm, Wed 4th June
In Certain Places project space, 38 St. Peters Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE (opposite UCLan Library)

In Certain Places, in collaboration with Field Broadcast, invite you to interrupt and enliven your daily routine, by registering for CLOCKING – a series of live broadcasts, which will examine the emotional, physical and social effects of wage labour, through performance, animation and music.

Devised by artist Steph Fletcher as a type of ‘moving zine’, CLOCKING will address some of the conditions and consequences of current working practices, including zero hour contracts, ‘flexible working’, inertia, alienation, and the separation of place, time, body and mind. Featuring contributions by Andy Abbott, Jared Szpakowski, Chantal Oakes and Manual Labours (Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards), the broadcasts will arrive unannounced, as live events, on your computer desktop, over a 24-hour period. Intervening within your working practices, Clocking will weave a narrative about contemporary labour, explore utopian alternatives, and encourage you to consider your own relationship with work.

Clocking will conclude with a public ‘CLOCKING OUT’ lunch-hour event in the In Certain Places project space at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Join us between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday 4th June, for a chance to meet some of the artists involved, browse Steph Flecther’s zine library, and share your own work-related stories.

Clocking is funded by the Community Media Association, through their Modulate 2014 programme, which encourages bold formats in community media that aim to engage surprise and excite an audience; the Contemporary Arts Development Group at the University of Central Lancashire; and the Arts Council of England. For more information about the project, please e-mail Elaine Speight: or visit

To receive the broadcasts:

Field Broadcast has developed a unique method of transmitting broadcasts, outside of a web browser. To receive the broadcasts as they happen, please download the software here:

(N.B: If you are unable to download the software due to firewalls etc. you will be able to view the broadcasts through your browser at However, as the broadcasts arrive unannounced, you will need to keep the browser window open).

About the project contributors:

In Certain Places is a programme of public art commissions, talks, debates and events run by Prof. Charles Quick and Elaine Speight at the University of Central Lancashire.

Field Broadcast is a live broadcast project, run by artists Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith, which connects artists, audiences and obscure locations through the portal of the computer desktop.

Steph Fletcher is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer, whose practice explores the hybrid role of the artist/activist, through drawings, writing, zine publications and interventions in public space.

Manual Labours is a long-term research project exploring people’s physical relationships to work, initiated by Jenny Richards and Sophie Hope. Through events, workshops and publishing the project reasserts the significance of the physical (manual) aspect of immaterial, affective and emotional labour.

Jared Szpakowski is the unofficial artist in residence for the NHS. Working undercover in Administration for the last five years, he has kept an almost-daily visual diary at

Andy Abbott is an artist, writer and musician, whose interests include Do-It-Yourself culture, art as social practice and post-anarchist theory. He is a member of the artist collective Black Dogs and Fellow in Music at the University of Bradford.

Chantal Oakes creates mixed media artworks and performances. Her animations focus on the concept of movement within mark-making, isolating the expressions of humans through technology and revealing an inseparable relationship between motion, intent and sound.

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