Rebecca Catching


The Assembly Line Project is a platform for examining the repercussions of advanced capitalism on the global social fabric. Created by artist Li Xiaofei, the Assembly Line Project began rolling in 2010, analyzing various industrial systems in China—Hunan coal mines, furniture factories in Guangdong and textile factories in the Yangtze River Delta. It has since taken on a more global scope, exploring crab processing factories in Norway, cigarette factories in New Zealand and the New York City sewer system. Beyond the machines and industrial sites, the project also tries to understand how “factory-like-systems” are used for social control (hukou household registry system, or One Child Policy) or profit maximization as with the case of the art market. Over the past decade, the assembly line has produced a large volume of video “output,” and a series of exhibitions and writings (see pages in this section).