Mark McGowan AKA The Artist Taxi Driver - talking sense daily from his taxi in Peckham.
This is just one of many rants uploaded by “ChunkyMark” that are worth watching. His other works include pushing a peanut with his nose from goldsmiths su to ten downing street and eating a corgi live on radio.
“The effect of this ideological circuit is like an anaesthetisation of public consciousness. The process of insertion thus contrasts awareness (a result of the insertion) with anaesthesia (the property of the existing circuit. Awareness is seen as a function of art and anaesthesia as a product of the alienation inherent in industrialised capitalism” (Meirelez in Bradley and Esche, 2007 p182)
Walked out my front door this morning to find 2 shopping bags carrying 3 loaves of bread and 3 hunks of cheese. My neighbor, who is always in his front garden if it’s sunny, started talking to me about them. He told me that “there is this woman who is a bit *makes hand gesture* I see her sometimes early in the morning, about 6, she stands at the bottom there watching the cars ‘n’ that. And she leaves shopping outside peoples houses” he’s heard of this happening before and seen her around early in the local shop, but he says she definitely does it on purpose, with an understanding that it’s a kind act “y’know, like a robin hood type”. I offered one of the loafs and a pack of cheese to my neighbors.
“presented as unified and specific time spans which can be re-enacted, and on which it is possible to inlay other elements and transmit a different rhythm (fast forward), just like the videos which they often end up becoming. For it would seem quite normal, today, that a piece, an action or a performance should end up becoming documentation on videotape.”
“Video…works like evidence. In art it signifies and demonstrates reality,…a practice at times too dispersed and all over the place to be directly grasped.”
Statement of Intention: I will make peace with the area by leaving an offering in one of it’s shrines. I will do this by lighting a candle in a phone box. I will have cleaned the phone box of any rubbish and clutter that would be distracting from the action of making peace.
“The reigning economic system is founded on isolation; at the same time it is a circular process designed to produce isolation. Isolation underpins technology, and technology isolates in its turn; all goods proposed by the spectacular system as it strives to reinforce the isolation of “the lonely crows.” The spectacle is continually rediscovering its own basic assumption – and each time in a more concrete manner.”
Guy Debord, 1967, The Society of the Specacle, p.22
Statement of Intention: I will leave an envelope containing 60p in a phone box in Camberwell, and on the envelope I will write “Call someone you like, who you don’t show how much you like them, and try and say: I like you. You have 30 mins to slip it in. As a gift from me to you.”