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I count only sunny hours

(project in progress)


I COUNT ONLY SUNNY HOURS

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“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.

 
 Photograph / Dorset Historical Society archive

Photograph / Dorset Historical Society archive

 Photograph / Dorset Historical Society archive

Photograph / Dorset Historical Society archive

 Photograph / Dorset Historical Society archive

Photograph / Dorset Historical Society archive

 
 Dimensional map by Art Guilbert / Dorset Historical Society 

Dimensional map by Art Guilbert / Dorset Historical Society 

 Postcard / Dorset Historical Society archive

Postcard / Dorset Historical Society archive

 Postcard / Dorset Historical Society archive

Postcard / Dorset Historical Society archive

 
 Inside Danby quarry

Inside Danby quarry

 U.S. buildings built with Vermont marble / Dorset Historical Society

U.S. buildings built with Vermont marble / Dorset Historical Society

 U.S. Supreme Court Building

U.S. Supreme Court Building