"Art Center Nabi was hosting a two part Hackathon called Neotopia: Data and Humanity. As part of the first part we were invited for an online hackathon where we had 48 hours to come up with a concept that would use Data in some way. In the second part we were taken to Seoul where we had 48 hours to further develop the concept into works that could be exhibited." - Maya Pillai group mate
The “Wage Watch” came into being after observing the statistics on wages across the OECD nations and coming to grips with the seriousness of the problem. Even in nordic countries with their reputation for being equal the wage gap is between 15 to 20 percent. This realization aroused feelings of both anger, as well as, perseverance to push this into the public eye. We started to ponder if this was ever discussed in general news outlets because hardly anyone in our close female circles talked of the issue. The figures were so drastic even after 50 years from the beginnings of the feminists movement. There was still work to be done and awareness to the subject has to be risen one way or the other.
We got to work and brainstormed on an idea of a satirical product that was both an alarm for the issue and a cry for attention. The “Wage Watch” became a prototype watch to count the percentage of one’s working day in accordance with the money being paid. Simply put a calculator and an alarm to let one know when to leave work. For example, after inputting one’s country (Finland), profession (engineer) and gender (female) the watch calculates (100%-18% = 82%) the true working hours (9:00am to 3:09pm) for what you’re being paid for and rings when you’ve done your money's worth of work.
Basically, with the “Wage Watch”, we’re trying to start a conversation around the gender pay gap. In companies in most countries, it is illegal to to talk about your salaries with your colleagues, and this further helps hide the glass ceiling. If you can’t talk about it, maybe it won’t exist. But there comes a problem needs to be spoken about. With the “Wage Watch” we’re trying to make a point of that. We literally wanted to make some noise around a topic that is becoming more and more important to talk about. In a world where it is becoming increasingly vital for female or female identifying persons to be treated with the same respect as their male counterparts, getting them to be paid equally is a good start.
Art Centre Nabi, Seoul Exhibition Sponsor Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Japan Foundation Seoul, Goethe-Institut Korea Hackathon Sponsor Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science & Creativity, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Seoul metropolitan government, Seoul Dragon City Hotel, Sindoh
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