people, other places, other words, other concerns, other needs,
Do Others Before They Do You is the first
of a number of works where media images of protest were the starting
point. In the wake of the 'anti-globalisation' protests, I began
to collect hundreds of images of protest, and became interested
in the relationship between human agency and the media. In this
case my focus was primarily formal - I was interested in the objects
people made put their message across, and the relationship between
these and art objects, as they appeared very related: hand crafted
objects made to communicate a message and attempt to change the
world. The work is an exploration of these formal concerns, as well
as an attempt to ask the question if art can be political - an ongoing
concern in my practice.
The project entailed research, performance, painting,
sculpture, installation and photography.
Special Thanks to Lynne Wilson, Stevie
Dale, Lesley Young, Alan Holligan, Louise Milne and Susanna Beaumont,
and all the friends and colleagues who participated on the march.
The Future Is Ours, photo
Postcard image for the exhibition. Click to
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