Our idea for this social intersection work stems from the concept of Janine Antoni’s “In Loving Care” 1992. the aspect of this work we are working with is the control and study of peoples movements. Our approach is much more subtle than Antoni’s however. Instead of painting ‘forcing’ the gallery patrons out of the space with our own heads as paintbrushes, we are moving outside the white cube into the public realm where people who interact with the work may not be aware of the forced interaction that they are facilitating the occurrence of.
the material idea comes from the big in your face and the not so noticeable and neglected plaques that you may or may not see allover the place to commemorate things and they almost give the object, like a bench, sanctity and power. much like a label on art that makes it art when its really just a bench. Alanna and I are going to make a number of ‘fake’ plaques emulating the visual appearance of ‘real’ ones and will be sticking them on various objects and locations around Wollongong and observing peoples reactions to them. these plaques however, unlike ones that try to stay out of your way and go un-noticed, will be unavoidable to interact with or see if the object is interacted with. they will be restricting the accessibility of some things to the point that if it is wished to be used then the plaque must be negotiated, weather it is read or not is irreverent. If the plaque is read, the content of the text is not as yet decided, but will either be ridiculous or factual, both in relation to the object and why it deserves a memorial status.
some examples of locations and places that will be plaqued: