4:3; audio, colour
3min 48 sec
After the Bell is a financial term for activity by traders occurring after the close of the stock market. I use it here to refer to the night workers that enter these spaces after trading has stopped.
Based in the financial district of London, this video is an investigation of the unseen and the marginal. Concentrating on the maintenance staff working within a stockbroker company, it explores the relationship between two types of ‘invisibility’ – that of the night workers and the environment in which they work, which functions on the basis of abstract monetary exchange which has itself, no physical entity. Hundreds of workers enter these spaces at night, momentarily crossing paths with a trader working late. They are fundamental to the everyday functioning of a global economy yet their presence is only recognised under the cover of darkness.
It also points to a wider concern regarding the relationship between the local and the global and the power of the corporation. The financial market based on ‘credit’ which lies outside of human control seems ever more apparent today. The precarious actions of a few having the potential to directly affect the everyday lives of these night workers and people on a global scale.
Installation view, CAPITAL, George and Jorgen Gallery, London, 2012