Years in the Making
The founders of UnProductive Solutions have worked together as Modrak&Ghidini since 2017, when they launched the project “#exstrange” – an intervention into the online marketplace eBay.
After combining Modrak’s interest in creative resistance to consumer culture and Marialaura’s interest in online curation and working with various exhibition formats, UnProductive Solutions was born.
Modrak says the project is meant for a broad audience.
“The project has deep connections with consumer culture, economics, digital studies, well-being and care, surveillance, data, and other themes,” Modrak said.
In addition to its Stamps Professor co-founder, Rebekah Modrak, and integral funding, UnProductive Solutions is rich in U‑M connections.
One platform within UnProductive Solutions, titled The Emotional Labor Wage Calculator, was developed by TRK: technically responsible knowledge, founded by 2023 Witt Artist in Residence Caroline Sinders. The calculator offers insider advice on the challenges of e‑delivery jobs and helps consumers calculate what an equitable wage should be.
Sinders says that TRK was a perfect match for UnProductive Solutions.
“I’m very interested in labor issues within technology and how to circumvent or combat them, so I was naturally drawn to UnProductive Solutions,” Sinders said. “It’s been really exciting working with Marialuara Ghidini and Rebekah Modrak for almost the past year.”
When it came to designing the website, the project worked with Friendly Design, owned by alum Geoff Silverstein (BFA ‘06). Recent Stamps alum, Gabi Mechaber (BFA ‘22) worked directly with the project as the team’s designer.