Work the Meat, Pleasure the Dessert

a durational performance by Jeremy Hutchison

SPACE Mare Street
Thur 28 Jan, 6 - 9pm
Fri 29 - Sun 31 Jan, 12 - 6pm daily

Sun 31 Jan, 4 - 6pm


Meat is comforted by store lighting

Meat was pleasantly surprised by bevelled edges 

Meat sometimes works less but to be more productive long-term

Meat likes to select from classics range e.g. crayfish & rocket

Meat prefers 800 fill power

Meat gets a sexual sensation when repeatedly pressing same button

Meat watched Gutpunch

Meat uses meditation to maximise work day

Meat dreams of liquid screens

Meat leaves oily residue on gift packaging 

Meat was disappointed by lack of variety in COS sale

Meat presents genuine warmth in job interviews

Meat enjoys Graham Norton

Meat is between 35-44 years

Meat joined i love vitamin water!

Meat likes feel of perforated titanium 

Meat dreams of sneakers buried in rural settings

Meat experiences shudders in thoracolumbar fascia

Meat enjoys metallic taste of coins

Meat appears to produce excessive saliva when using LinkedIn


SPACE is delighted to present a new work by British artist Jeremy Hutchison. This is his first solo exhibition in the UK since his fellowships at SOMA, Mexico (2014) and Whitney Museum, NYC (2015).

Hutchison’s practice examines performance as a mode of manufacture; a way to produce realities. He constructs situations that disorder socio-economic procedures, reimagining the power relations encoded in dominant discourse. Crises are produced. These generate an unsettling kind of humour, discharging the psychic unconscious of contemporary culture. By retracing the standard arrangements between labour, bodies and material, his projects propose alternatives to the normative structuring of human subjectivity.

For this work, Hutchison presents a new outsourcing model for the affective economy. Meat is a 3D body-scan, a simulation of the artist’s anatomy. It enables him to divert his unpaid labour as a consumer / information worker away from his embodied matter and towards his digital counterpart. Developed in consultation with a professional hypnotherapist, this work extends the artist’s inquiry into contemporary modes of subjectivation, and the problem of resistance within current conditions of existence.

Jeremy Hutchison lives and works in London. In 2011 he received a distinction from the Slade School of Art and was recently a member of the Whitney Independent Study Program, NYC. Solo projects include Work the MeatPleasure the Dessert at SPACE London, Vestibular Dysfunction at Bikini Wax, Mexico City; Objectless Expansion at Division of Labour, Worcester; Demand and Supply at De Appel Gallerist Programme, Basel; i- at Rurart, Poitiers and Radar, Loughborough; ERRATUM® at Paradise Row, London. Group shows include Points of Departure at ICA, London; Test Run at Modern Art Oxford; Design Beyond Production at Z33, Hasselt; A Small Hiccup at Grand Union, Birmingham; Keeping up appearances at Nassauischer Kunstverein, Weisbaden; Bodies that matter at Galeri Mana, Istanbul; You Are the Company You Keep at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland; and Saatchi New Sensations, London. He is currently artist-in-residence at The White Building, Hackney Wick.