In tandem with the production of objects, Soul Manufacturing Corporation will host programs by a yoga instructor, a DJ, and a reader, all there to care for the makers and the audience. Inspiration for this programming stems from the lectors who presented news, politics, and literature to illiterate workers in the early industrial era. Soul Manufacturing Corporation is a multi-city initiative based in Chicago, working with the urban redevelopment organization Rebuild Foundation on the creative re-use of buildings throughout communities of color. The project navigates the dense relationships between aesthetics, labor and race. The exhibition will also include sculptural and two-dimensional works created with up-cycled materials sourced from sites in Chicago and Miami, underscoring Gates’ interest in the poetics of re-purposed and salvaged materials.