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ONE DAY SON

ONE DAY SON, 2014, Original GIF based on Atkinson Grimshaw’s Liverpool Quay by Moonlight (1887)
As shown at Tate Britain’s 1840’s GIF Party, 7th Feb 2014

criticalhandgestures.tumblr.com
An Online Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion, 2013, with Jasmine Johnson

criticalhandgestures.tumblr.com

An Online Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion, 2013, with Jasmine Johnson

MoreUtopia! Without Nature, 2013, Installation

MoreUtopia! Without Nature, 2013, Installation

Icons (1), Pencil on Paper, 2014

Icons (1), Pencil on Paper, 2014

Music For A Statue, 2014


Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013


Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013


Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

3 min excerpt from PLU 123, Single Channel HD Projection w/sound, 25 mins, as shown at TAP, Southend, Nov 16th - Dec 15th 2013

OH WHO'LL BE OUR ICON?

GIF from This Is Our Icon, 2013, online poem

featured on Interior Ecosystems online residency edited by Rachel Pimm as part of Recent Work By Artists online www.autoitaliasoutheast.org

THIS IS A DIALECTIC AND I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN IT

GIF from Critical Hand Gestures collaborative online  project with Jasmine Johnson, 2013


Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables.

Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables.


Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables

Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables

WE CAN DO IT!

WE ROSIE THE RIVETER WE WE We are looking at Rosie the Riveter. Rosie is not her real name but this is how we Googled her, 70 years later and so in time it became a form of truth. Her real name is We Can Do It! and we call her name, over and over again.  But what is the it that we can do? Who is the we that we become when we gaze at her painted face? WE RED WE CAN WE DO WE DO How do we identify People Like Us? How will we know who is on our team? Will we find it in a colour, a gesture, a genre? Is she one of yours? Is he one of us? What if opposing ideologies all use the same colours and the same words but mean different things?  WE VS WE WE CAN WE DO What if there’s not enough colours for all our flags to be different? How will we know then who is on our team? My brother in law John tells me that we just know. It’s a feeling we have. Also we know because they sit in our end of the stadium.  So if who we are, depends on where we are; where do we find Rosie? WE ROSIE WE CAN DO IT! WE WE Here she is. We find her on the internet where she lives and breeds; constantly replicating herself, always the same, always slightly different. In this sea of Google Rosies, it looks like “we” must be a woman. But Rosie’s lips are painted shut, so is it possible that we might actually have been written by them? WE WE ARE WE CAN DO IT! WE WE They have written all over Rosie, aimed a slogan at her. She may never say these words, but we said them so many times it became a form of truth. It might be us, speaking for ourselves about we, or it might be them, talking about us, on her, for us, over us.  Either way we all use the same words and the colours can be really nice. We looks as if they are a bit like us. WE CAN CAN CAN DO IT! WE CAN We are not sure where we end and you begin. The borders have become blurred. We means nothing and also everything, so our slogan is all inclusive. We are all in this together and we look forward to our next word. Can makes everything positive, possible, potential. Can is still yet to come, and we look forward together, with hope in our hearts. WE CAN FUTURE WOMEN CAN DO IT! WE CAN We look to the future by looking into the past; gazing romantically back at Rosie. The then and there of other times and other places offer us an imagined alternative to the impasse of the here and now. When Rosie says can, she speaks of a future that might already have past, in the 60s or the 80s, and yet WE CAN WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN We want to believe in we. Rosie will always point us to the future, a never arriving moment. We can never be disappointed, we believe it can happen, because we never decided when it would. We believe in anything or even nothing because belief feels good.  We believe in belief because it hasn’t yet failed us and we are already halfway to the end now. WE CAN WE CAN CAN DO IT! WE CAN Is this a part of that intimate public Lauren Berlant keeps telling us about? In an era of cruel optimism Rosie has been reborn as Barack Obama, YES WE CAN is how we say it nowadays, but why haven’t we done it already? WE CAN STEW IT! BITCHFACE WE CAN Rosie has also been reborn as Kristen Stewart, another Google icon who breeds in gifs. Like KStew, Rosie’s never changing scowl is at odds with the message she’s supposed to be promoting, the life she is supposed to be selling to us. She keeps both her mouths tightly shut and stares back, refusing to answer our questions. WE CAN DO BLUE COLLAR DO IT WE DO What is this doing we can one day hope to do? What is Rosie doing? She is wearing a blue shirt. Is she a blue collar worker? That is what we once called them, or they called us. Where are the blue shirts today? What are they doing? WE CAN DO RETAIL WORKER DO DO We all wear blue shirts in the shop where we work.  This is one of the only things we actually have to do. To pass the working day we sometimes talk or move small things from side to side. Mostly what we do is to wear blue in the right place at the right time. We wait for something to happen. WE CAN DO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES DO IT WE CAN DO WE DO But Rosie is doing something, taking action. She is rolling her already short sleeve higher over her bicep. We sometimes do this too. What does this doing mean? Where did we learn it? To whom does it belong?  WE CAN DO DO PRISONERS ROLL UP SLEEVES DO IT WE CAN DO WE DO We started doing it here, when we were in prison. We hid the things we didn’t want others to find in the roll of our sleeves.  We did it to make our mark on our regulation clothes. We did it as prisoners and workers, rockabillys and mods, gangsters and gays. This was our code, our way to identify ourselves in each other, among all the uniforms we wear.  WE CAN DO KSTEW T SHIRT SLEEVES ROLLED IT WE CAN DO DO WE DO Here is KStew again. She has rolled the short sleeves of her t-shirt; is she trying to send us a coded message? Is she one of ours? Or did she like the rest of us, buy her t shirt in Topshop, where sleeves come pre rolled, pinned into place. Our gesture has been bought up and sold back to us. This doing can not be the one we hope to do, because its already been done, for us, by them.  WE CAN DO IT! JUST DO IT IT! WE CAN DO IT! Maybe we should stop all this talking and just get on and do it? But we can’t, because my we isn’t the same as yours, can might have already could have been in the past and our doing is done so lets just move forward and look for IT. WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT GAY IT! WE CAN DO IT! The greatest thing about IT! is that it can be whatever we want it to be. The openness of it ensures its endless adoption by almost every single group of people attempting to form a political or social ‘WE’. It is a manifesto for hire. WE CAN DO IT! IT IT! WE CAN DO IT! In Cruising Utopia, Juan Muñoz tells us that it is not a thing that can exist in the present, it is only a possible future state that should be aspired towards. Because it does not yet exist, its very purpose is to force us to continue our search, to do better, to be better. The moment we know what it is, Rosie will die, because We Can Do It will have become We Did It, it wasn’t all that great, and some of us got left out. WE CAN DO IT! EQUAL SIGN IT! WE CAN DO IT! It might be a colour, or a gesture, or a group of things gathered together. It might be a slogan or a model or a plan for something larger, it might be the future, a taste, a smell or a song.  It might not be anything to do with what we are talking about now. WE CAN DO IT! UTOPIA IT! WE CAN DO IT! So we must not try to name, or form an image of what it could be, we must only imagine. It might be a colour, or a word, a song or a gesture. It might be nothing at all.

 

Original text for We Can Do It! a 6 minute powerpoint presentation first performed at MoreUtopia! Utopia Forum, May 2013

 

 

 

ONE DAY SON

ONE DAY SON, 2014, Original GIF based on Atkinson Grimshaw’s Liverpool Quay by Moonlight (1887)
As shown at Tate Britain’s 1840’s GIF Party, 7th Feb 2014

criticalhandgestures.tumblr.com
An Online Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion, 2013, with Jasmine Johnson

criticalhandgestures.tumblr.com

An Online Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion, 2013, with Jasmine Johnson

MoreUtopia! Without Nature, 2013, Installation

MoreUtopia! Without Nature, 2013, Installation

Icons (1), Pencil on Paper, 2014

Icons (1), Pencil on Paper, 2014

Music For A Statue, 2014


Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013


Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013


Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

Installation Shot of PLU 123, single channel HD projection with sound, at TAP November 2013

3 min excerpt from PLU 123, Single Channel HD Projection w/sound, 25 mins, as shown at TAP, Southend, Nov 16th - Dec 15th 2013

OH WHO'LL BE OUR ICON?

GIF from This Is Our Icon, 2013, online poem

featured on Interior Ecosystems online residency edited by Rachel Pimm as part of Recent Work By Artists online www.autoitaliasoutheast.org

THIS IS A DIALECTIC AND I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN IT

GIF from Critical Hand Gestures collaborative online  project with Jasmine Johnson, 2013


Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables.

Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables.


Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables

Monument 2013, 2 screen video installation with sound, hired packing crates, cardboard, t shirts, bungee cord and cables

WE CAN DO IT!

WE ROSIE THE RIVETER WE WE We are looking at Rosie the Riveter. Rosie is not her real name but this is how we Googled her, 70 years later and so in time it became a form of truth. Her real name is We Can Do It! and we call her name, over and over again.  But what is the it that we can do? Who is the we that we become when we gaze at her painted face? WE RED WE CAN WE DO WE DO How do we identify People Like Us? How will we know who is on our team? Will we find it in a colour, a gesture, a genre? Is she one of yours? Is he one of us? What if opposing ideologies all use the same colours and the same words but mean different things?  WE VS WE WE CAN WE DO What if there’s not enough colours for all our flags to be different? How will we know then who is on our team? My brother in law John tells me that we just know. It’s a feeling we have. Also we know because they sit in our end of the stadium.  So if who we are, depends on where we are; where do we find Rosie? WE ROSIE WE CAN DO IT! WE WE Here she is. We find her on the internet where she lives and breeds; constantly replicating herself, always the same, always slightly different. In this sea of Google Rosies, it looks like “we” must be a woman. But Rosie’s lips are painted shut, so is it possible that we might actually have been written by them? WE WE ARE WE CAN DO IT! WE WE They have written all over Rosie, aimed a slogan at her. She may never say these words, but we said them so many times it became a form of truth. It might be us, speaking for ourselves about we, or it might be them, talking about us, on her, for us, over us.  Either way we all use the same words and the colours can be really nice. We looks as if they are a bit like us. WE CAN CAN CAN DO IT! WE CAN We are not sure where we end and you begin. The borders have become blurred. We means nothing and also everything, so our slogan is all inclusive. We are all in this together and we look forward to our next word. Can makes everything positive, possible, potential. Can is still yet to come, and we look forward together, with hope in our hearts. WE CAN FUTURE WOMEN CAN DO IT! WE CAN We look to the future by looking into the past; gazing romantically back at Rosie. The then and there of other times and other places offer us an imagined alternative to the impasse of the here and now. When Rosie says can, she speaks of a future that might already have past, in the 60s or the 80s, and yet WE CAN WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN We want to believe in we. Rosie will always point us to the future, a never arriving moment. We can never be disappointed, we believe it can happen, because we never decided when it would. We believe in anything or even nothing because belief feels good.  We believe in belief because it hasn’t yet failed us and we are already halfway to the end now. WE CAN WE CAN CAN DO IT! WE CAN Is this a part of that intimate public Lauren Berlant keeps telling us about? In an era of cruel optimism Rosie has been reborn as Barack Obama, YES WE CAN is how we say it nowadays, but why haven’t we done it already? WE CAN STEW IT! BITCHFACE WE CAN Rosie has also been reborn as Kristen Stewart, another Google icon who breeds in gifs. Like KStew, Rosie’s never changing scowl is at odds with the message she’s supposed to be promoting, the life she is supposed to be selling to us. She keeps both her mouths tightly shut and stares back, refusing to answer our questions. WE CAN DO BLUE COLLAR DO IT WE DO What is this doing we can one day hope to do? What is Rosie doing? She is wearing a blue shirt. Is she a blue collar worker? That is what we once called them, or they called us. Where are the blue shirts today? What are they doing? WE CAN DO RETAIL WORKER DO DO We all wear blue shirts in the shop where we work.  This is one of the only things we actually have to do. To pass the working day we sometimes talk or move small things from side to side. Mostly what we do is to wear blue in the right place at the right time. We wait for something to happen. WE CAN DO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES DO IT WE CAN DO WE DO But Rosie is doing something, taking action. She is rolling her already short sleeve higher over her bicep. We sometimes do this too. What does this doing mean? Where did we learn it? To whom does it belong?  WE CAN DO DO PRISONERS ROLL UP SLEEVES DO IT WE CAN DO WE DO We started doing it here, when we were in prison. We hid the things we didn’t want others to find in the roll of our sleeves.  We did it to make our mark on our regulation clothes. We did it as prisoners and workers, rockabillys and mods, gangsters and gays. This was our code, our way to identify ourselves in each other, among all the uniforms we wear.  WE CAN DO KSTEW T SHIRT SLEEVES ROLLED IT WE CAN DO DO WE DO Here is KStew again. She has rolled the short sleeves of her t-shirt; is she trying to send us a coded message? Is she one of ours? Or did she like the rest of us, buy her t shirt in Topshop, where sleeves come pre rolled, pinned into place. Our gesture has been bought up and sold back to us. This doing can not be the one we hope to do, because its already been done, for us, by them.  WE CAN DO IT! JUST DO IT IT! WE CAN DO IT! Maybe we should stop all this talking and just get on and do it? But we can’t, because my we isn’t the same as yours, can might have already could have been in the past and our doing is done so lets just move forward and look for IT. WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN DO IT GAY IT! WE CAN DO IT! The greatest thing about IT! is that it can be whatever we want it to be. The openness of it ensures its endless adoption by almost every single group of people attempting to form a political or social ‘WE’. It is a manifesto for hire. WE CAN DO IT! IT IT! WE CAN DO IT! In Cruising Utopia, Juan Muñoz tells us that it is not a thing that can exist in the present, it is only a possible future state that should be aspired towards. Because it does not yet exist, its very purpose is to force us to continue our search, to do better, to be better. The moment we know what it is, Rosie will die, because We Can Do It will have become We Did It, it wasn’t all that great, and some of us got left out. WE CAN DO IT! EQUAL SIGN IT! WE CAN DO IT! It might be a colour, or a gesture, or a group of things gathered together. It might be a slogan or a model or a plan for something larger, it might be the future, a taste, a smell or a song.  It might not be anything to do with what we are talking about now. WE CAN DO IT! UTOPIA IT! WE CAN DO IT! So we must not try to name, or form an image of what it could be, we must only imagine. It might be a colour, or a word, a song or a gesture. It might be nothing at all.

 

Original text for We Can Do It! a 6 minute powerpoint presentation first performed at MoreUtopia! Utopia Forum, May 2013

 

 

 

WE CAN DO IT!

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