A number of videos will be shown on the three monitors in the installation 'its fun it gives you something to do', four 10 minute videos explore our relationships with the media and the 'subclass' exploring austerity politics.
On scheduled days throughout the occupation week starting Monday 6th of June and concluding Friday 10th, other films will be screened on the monitors, documentaries and films by other filmakers and artists which relate back to the issue of austerity and identity and the purely functional and social installation will provide a space to discuss and breakdown our relationships to eachother in austerity britain, exploring class relations especially relating to our roles as artists and as creatives a notoriously upper middle class commodity.
The first video uses sousveilence footage taken from social media websites, facebook and youtube, it examines how the general public represents police forces via low media, I used footage from my hometown of Birkenhead. When editing I purposefully zoom and crop images, this establishes a exploitative objectifying gaze from the viewer.
'it's fun' 2 features videos from the Croydon Riots in 2011, overlayed is footage from hit early 2000s web series and later Channel 4 TV show Devo, I watched this when I was a child, my mates in school quoting his catchphrase 'have u got 20p mate?'. Devo is a 'chav' from Yorkshire, the series follows him wheeling and dealing, stealing stuff, smashing stuff up. I was interested in the representation of the low class, and how this comedic representation overlays the reality and the complex sociological and economic conditions and deep trouble in modern working class identity which causes riots.
'its fun' 3 features the persepective from above, all footage used derives from mass media, one news interviews with those involved in the Manchester Riots, as well as interviews with kids on the street around Manchester city centre where the question is asked: 'whats a scally', a common term used up north to describe those who the daily mail would brand as juvenile delinquents. The scally identity is explored and the media bias is strongly prominant within the material.
When established in the Installation screened on the 5 tv screens amongst videos from BECK ROAD and STORAGE UNIT projects which run parallel to this one a dialogue of identity is exposed. Class mobility is a strong discussion point when watching amongst the vistors who sit in the space, the strong regional Yorkshire, Mancunian and Scouse accents bleed abrasively through the studio, the exploration of this continues in mine and Lucie's collaborative practice concerning regional identity.