The actual physical components in the Installation are arbitrary and can be interchanged, the space is purely social and is intended to receive the contents of my text and video work.
The space consists of:
- three pieces of carpet,
- a large legless arm chair,
- bean bag's made of sacks found in Hoxton ('Royal Mail' and '25 Coconuts')
- the pink chair (with recycling bag cushion)
- a wooden pallet, with carpet, a chair and small placemats
- a mobile tea tray with coffee, cups, and a kettle
- two lockers, which form benches
All 'objects' within the instlaation are intended for use, and throughout my collecting of these objects have been heavily used by members of the studio, all pieces are mobile and can be interchanged.
Despite altering these objects in some way to interact in an interesting way when assembled into my 'reading room' (such as painting the found chair pink and using blues and greys) all objects derive from the outer contexts. These relate to my purposeful placement of the objects in front of the window facing Waitrose. The colours selected have polticial conetations such as the blue referencing the police force and pink as an act of defiance within the context of leftism and feminist activism. These relate to how the 'subclass' is made arbitrary when represented via media and also rioting and activism as defiance. I use footage of police, particularly from the BBC documentary 'Painting the town Blue' 1997 a documentary about Merseyside police in Birkenhead. Many of the shots used feature the police locker rooms featuring bold blue lockers. I found and used very similar lockers (tilting them on their sides as functional benches) in my work to MATERIALIZE these images and issues. Similarly the sacks, one Royal Mail the other a Coconut sack relate to working class labour. the Coconut sack found outside a corner shop selling produce and the mail sack found near the Royal Mail warehouse. The skinless armchairs recalls a memory of walking through the squats made of the abandoned council estates of Birkenhead north as a child, appropriated furniture used by the homeless in their makeshift capsules under overpasses.
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