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Benedetta Ristori

In recent times, many states have been reshaping work and intensifying the pace, to cope with the economic crisis that arose from the massive competition and challenges of international markets. We are seeing a considerable increase in night shifts that, in the current organisational model of production, are gradually coming to be one of the most profitable initiatives and therefore a growing condition of employment.

 

This mode of shift work, once the preserve of industrial sectors, is now significantly spreading to the service sectors and occupying a place of first order in areas such as communications and trade, with call centre operators or traders selling to the public. These are some characteristics of the “global village” that no longer differentiates between day and night.

 

Shift work, even at night and on holidays, now covers more than 8 million workers who could develop psychosomatic repercussions. This is due to the continuous change between their “biological clock”, which marks the body’s rhythm following the alternation of day and night, and the requirements imposed by the “society of work”, which doesn’t acknowledge this natural cycle. This is not to mention the effects of social jetlag, another example of imposed requirements.

 

The aim of this project is to observe and document such moments in these workers’ lives. Since they are often characterised by loneliness, the project tries to capture this feeling in a timeless and spaceless atmosphere.