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dc.contributor.advisorIngs, Welby
dc.contributor.authorSinfield, David Lewis
dc.date.accessioned2010-02-15T20:02:59Z
dc.date.available2010-02-15T20:02:59Z
dc.date.copyright2009
dc.date.issued2010-02-15T20:02:59Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/815
dc.description.abstractThis research project is concerned with workers’ narratives, specifically those who have been employed in paid work below the national minimum wage in New Zealand. As a graphic designer who has direct experience of exploitation through employment, I am interested in researching the subjective experience of underpaid workers in New Zealand. In doing this I have sought to creatively synthesize experiences into artworks that provide a deeper insight into the impact of underpaid work. Through this investigation I have attempted to contribute to a broader discussion of underpaid work than what is currently provided, through the analysis of statistical data. In undertaking this project I have also been concerned with investigating new potentials in serigraphy (a graphic medium traditionally associated with working-class politics). I have inquired into how it might be used to create a visual ‘voice’ for contemporary workers’ narratives. Accordingly, this project has employed audio recordings of three personal stories. The research has led to the production of a series of serigraphic prints that artistically interpret the journeys and experiences of the participants. These images sit in discourse with looped audio excerpts of their recorded interviews. In this approach, narratives of marginalisation that have often been muted through their presentation as written records, have been re-conceptualised as an artists' images, with which the recordings are in discussion.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectNarrative inquiry
dc.subjectWorking below the minimum wage
dc.subjectSerigraphic printing
dc.subjectGraphic design
dc.subjectWorkers’ rights
dc.subjectLarge format screen printed posters
dc.subjectSemiotics of the working class
dc.subjectReflexivity as an indicator of the voice of the worker
dc.titleUnder the surface: reflections on workers’ narratives from below the minimum wage
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Art and Design
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess


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