FREE TIME

A spare pair of hands in Christchurch

This project evolved for an exhibition scheduled for Christchurch’s second winter after the earthquake; many people were still living in broken houses and finding life difficult. For two weeks I worked as a freelance volunteer, on a first-come-first-served basis, allowing people to choose the role that best suited their needs: Home Help/ Caregiver/Technical Writer/Temp/Artist.

I advertised my services extensively before and during the fortnight. The project was supported by a website freetime2012.wordpress.com, which featured CVs and references for each of the roles on offer.

The FreeTime toolkit (above), located in the gallery, was a set of service badges, one for each role. When I was out on a job, the corresponding badge was missing from the pegboard.

Over the fortnight I was booked from morning til night, operated in all the roles and, in response to popular demand, added a new one: Activist.

Artist
Artist
Home Help
Home Help
Technical Writer
Technical Writer
Temp
Temp
Caregiver
Caregiver
Activist
Activist
Installation view of Handshake at The National
Installation view of Handshake at The National
The National, on the left. Earthquake-damaged buildings on the right
The National, on the left. Earthquake-damaged buildings on the right

The National 2012

For a full account of the project, see the blog feetime2012.wordpress.com.

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