Accompanying 2021 presentations of EASY RIDERS at Victorian Trades Hall, is a fold-out publication recording some of the research and thinking behind the work, including essays from EASY RIDERS worker/performer Cher Tan and curator Amelia Wallin.

EASY RIDERS is a site-responsive performance exploring work, precarity and the physical body in the digital age. Developed through a unique collaboration between artists and on-demand workers of the platform or ‘gig’ economy, EASY RIDERS considers how Silicon Valley’s technology and platform capitalism shape our bodies, behaviours, perceptions of time and our imaginaries. Inhabiting Trades Hall, EASY RIDERS honours the experiences and physicality of contemporary on-demand workers within the historical ‘beating heart’ of the labour movement and the eight-hour work day in Australia. EASY RIDERS asks: whose time = whose money? How much of our daily lives should be outsourced to others? At our most ‘efficient’, are we Übermenschen or über-assholes? Through movement, voice and collective action between ‘independent contractors’ of the gig economy and artists—come and witness a shift like no other unfold. The future of work is already here.

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Publication Text: APHIDS, Cher Tan, Amelia Wallin
Publication Designer: Rebecca McCauley

EASY RIDERS was commissioned by RISING. Supported by Victorian Trades Hall. The work has been made possible by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative; the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body, The City of Melbourne through its Triennial Grants program 2018-2020, Creative Victoria through its Organisation Investment Program. APHIDS would also like to acknowledge the generous funding and support from partners; RISING Festival, the Centre of Visual Art, The University of Melbourne, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, West Space, Trades Hall and MPavilion.

To view a pdf copy of the publication visit here.

APHIDS acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Boon wurrung peoples on whose lands we live and work. Sovereignty was never ceded and we pay our respect to past, present, and future Aboriginal elders and community, and to their long and rich history of artmaking on this Country.