Chinese Sausages made in Germany is a response to the fact that several cities in Europe are shrinking due to high unemployment caused by mainly outsourcing of labor to China.
Chinese sausage is a generic term referring to the many different types of sausages originating in China, the La Chang being one of them.
Chinese sausage made in Germany is a reversed out-sourcing strategy.
It was presented at the "Shrinking Cities - Interventions" at GFZK in Leipzig and later the sausage was presented at the Shanghai International Creative Industry Week. The sausage is a result of an intense research into the phenomena of outsourcing.
CHINESE SAUSAGE MADE IN GERMANY
Outsourcing Shrinking Cities - Outsourcing Chinese sausages.
The Lachang is a Chinese sausage made by German workers with the intention of selling it in China. On 26 November 2005 it was presented at the "Shrinking Cities - Interventions" at GFZK in Leipzig and on 30 November the sausage was presented at the Shanghai International Creative Industry Week.
The sausage is a result of an intense research into the phenomena of outsourcing.
SUPERFLEX was invited to participate in the Shrinking Cities project http://www.shrinkingcities.com Shrinking Cities is a research and exhibtion project dealing with the phenomena of shrinkage of cities. The focus for the project is the development of strategies for dealing with shrinking cities in Eastern Germany. SUPERFLEX was asked to propose such stategies.
We wanted to let the invitation serve as an occasion to twist the contemporary global order of outsourcing. We decided to outsource the task given to us by the Shrinking Cities project. Western companies outsource all sorts of production to China, Reuters outsources journalism to India - so why not outsource the task of planning the future for German shrinking cities to a Chinese company?
The usual way of doing this is contacting a sourcing agent who establishes contact with the production facilities. We contacted a firm called Access Asia and presented them with the tasks as formulated by the organizers of Shrinking Cities: