"The Eight Hours Plan... acknowledges the histories of labour, capital, and changing urban design... Fraser celebrates Samuel Parnell, the founder of the eight-hour working day and, in her work, links a memorial and ode to him with images of twenty-first century office life: a keyboard and mouse, filing cabinets, and the commuters’ motorway between Wellington and the Hutt Valley. The video was reminder... of a moment when the familiar structure of the contemporary workday (as extolled in the song Fraser displays: “Eight hours for work, eight hours for play, and eight for sleep excel”) was not a given. The idea of limiting the number of hours a person could legally give to an employer, was, in fact, revolutionary, and a hard won right."
Originally commissioned by CIRCUIT and Wellington City Council in 2017 for the Wellington, New Zealand public art venue Masons Screen
Masons Lane is located between the commercial and government precincts of Lambton Quay and The Terrace
A forged coin upends structures of value and exchange.
An essay film which pairs original text from Truby King on plants, motherhood, and health with images of nature and historical sites.
The 24 Hours Plan: 3 Commissions for Masons Screen
Thomasin Sleigh writes on three recent commissions—by Rangituhia Hollis, Rachel O'Neill, and Matilda Fraser—for Wellington public art space Masons Screen.