I COUNT ONLY SUNNY HOURS
“I Count Only Sunny Hours” explores the displacement of leisure by the logic of productivity. The video opens on people at an abandoned marble quarry. As they enjoy swimming and jumping off the marble cliff into dark waters, the air is punctuated by sounds of excitement and water explosions. Gradually, the point of view shifts underground traversing through a contemporary active marble quarry, and ramping up the sound of heavy machinery. By overlapping sites of leisure and production, the video locates the body between work and non-work, creating a sense of precarious enjoyment and underlying feeling of anxiety.
Using different concepts of time (part-time, flexible time, mental time, and deep time) “I Count Only Sunny Hours” navigates through archival materials, interviews, and research, and follows multiple histories: marble production for U.S. public buildings, the labor rights movement, the spread of public literacy, and the emergence of freelance economy.