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Manual Labours: The Complaining Body, Manuals and Publications


These manuals and publications were produced by Manual Labours for The Complaining Body, presented at The Showroom in April 2016 as a week-long programme of events and new commissions by artist Sarah Browne, choreographer Hamish MacPherson and writer Ivor Southwood.

Developed from a series of workshops with call centre workers in a London Borough Council, commuters on a train station platform, and University staff dealing with student complaints, Manual Labours: The Complaining Body explores the physical and emotional effects of complaining, receiving complaints and not being able to complain in the context of work.

Manual Labours Manuals #1 and #2 can be downloaded from the Manual Labours website .

Manual Labours: The Complaining Body is the second stage of the practice based research project Manual Labours initiated by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards exploring people’s physical relationships to work.

Manual Labours: The Complaining Body is developed in partnership with The Showroom, London; In Certain Places, Preston and Movement and Division of Labour, Worcester, and is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, The Elephant Trust, The Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and Birkbeck University Widening Access.

To keep up to date or contribute to the project please email [email protected].

Manual Labours | Manual #3: The Complaining Body
Hamish MacPherson: What is it to complain today?
Ivor Southwood: The Uncomplaining Body
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    Event Manual Labours: Thunderous grumbling under cover of darkness | Performance workshop

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    Exhibition Manual Labours: The Complaining Body with Sarah Browne, Hamish MacPherson and Ivor Southwood

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    Event Manual Labours: Report to an Academy | Film screening and discussion

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    Audio Manual Labours: The Complaining Body: Sarah Browne in Conversation with Saoirse Wall

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    Event Manual Labours: The Complaining Body, Reading Group 1

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    Event Manual Labours:The Office(less) Christmas Party