The Minimum Wage Machine allows anybody to work for minimum wage. Turning the crank will yield one penny every 5.7 seconds, for £6.31 an hour (UK minimum wage). If the participant stops turning the crank, they stop receiving money. The machine can be reprogrammed for different locations and currencies.
This project attempts to distil the act of working down to its most fundamental ingredients: turns of a handle, seconds of a clock, and pennies of currency. While not explicitly taking a side, the project strives to spark discussion on the value of wage labour, the nature of minimum wage, and capitalism as a whole.
This UK version of the machine was built by FACT’s Young Maker’s group, Freehand with the support of DoES Liverpool.
"If a person’s lingual frenulum is abnormally short or rigid—a condition called ankyloglossia —the person is said to be “tongue-tied” because of the resulting impairment to speech."
|~ Tortora - “Principles of Anatomy and Physiology”|