“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)
an anonymous gift.
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...
Got to see one of my favourite pieces of video art last week, as it’s currently on display at the whitechapel gallery, until June 17th.
“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...
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. Created: 18:30-18:35 10/2/12
The reigning economic system is founded on isolation; at the same time it is a...– Guy Debord, 1967, The Society of the Specacle, p.22
Time: 10 mins 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.” Created: 12:05-12:15 7/2/12
Time: 5 mins Statement of Intention: I will leave an offering to Camberwell for 5 mins today. It will be a pot of pink pansies, left on the pavement at a busy spot in Camberwell. Created: 13:40-13:45 3/2/12 Notes from Action: During the 5 minutes, the pot was moved to a more sensible position on the pavement among the street furniture and people, so that no one tripped on it.
“I was no longer working with metaphorical...
(Meireles, C. 1999 in Insetions into Ideological Circuits, 1970-75)
Time: 30 mins Statement of Intention: I will offer to buy a hot drink for a stranger who is standing around in the cold, and aim to buy at least one hot drink for someone within half an hour of leaving the school. Created: 14:40-15:10 31/01/12 Notes from Action: Some people rejected the offer, Arun accepted. a tea with milk and 2 sugars. He knows some other people who would also...
Made from flints found on beach and detritus found around the squat where I was...– Grayson Perry, talking about Le Tour de Claire, from Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman 2011
Statement of Intention: I will blow and draw on six eggs. I will draw from a song I have in my head. I will place these 6 eggs, as a set in a box, on the egg shelf, in a supermarket local to Camberwell.