Dark Ergonomics by Jade Anthony


Friday 28th February 6:00pm – Friday 5th June 2020

The Hidden Wardrobe, Old Northam Road, Southampton, SO14 0SN

The third in a series of new commissions for the windows of the Hidden Wardrobe on Old Northam Road.

Dark Ergonomics presents itself as a fake start-up company producing an assemblage of objects and images with reference to the aesthetics of advertising, graphic design and the surrounding architecture – a kind of sanitised office neurosis. Dark Ergonomics merges occult, alchemical and historical imagery with diagrams, text from the artist’s collaborative project – Visual Signal – and various references from across media charting connections both fictional and real in an information fuelled hysteria. A visual representation of neoliberal psychopolitics, Dark Ergonomics is especially concerned with the prevalence of self-optimisation, personality seminars, self-help books, self-care strategies, a consistent state of self-surveillance.

Dark ergonomics focuses on image production and reproduction, a continual process of consumption and exploitation. Images are printed and reprinted, cut, copied and altered – ripped from their original contexts. In such a violent crash of signifiers poetics develop alongside absurdities. The work continues to develop Jade’s focus on corporate aesthetics- that is, the aesthetics of productivity, ergonomic design, push architecture and distressingly legible graphic design. The visual signifiers of Neoliberalism’s perfect workplace. The office, an artefact of relatively recent history, is a site of violence, terror, pop-comedy, and perhaps most importantly, boredom. It lends itself to humour in subtle transgressions of established convention.

Join us at 6pm on Friday 28th February at the Hidden Wardrobe for the launch of ‘Dark Ergonomics’ by Jade Anthony. BYOB.