Islington Mill- Salford, UK.
An Evening of Dissatisfaction With Free Gifts
Jul 2011, Jul 2012
Memory box, donated objects of monetary value, performance, wine, free dog relaxation music.
An evening of performance, exchange and installation exploring consumer control and transparency of character and the intentions of both in relation to traditional forms of authority and currency.
A night of playful participation and critical commentary.
This piece was constructed as a temple of dissatisfaction full of free gifts donated from commercial businesses and from my memory box. During this performance participants were invited to take an object of monetary value or an object of sentimental value. The objects of important sentiment were taken from my memory box which contained objects such as my first shoe and teenage love letters. I sporadically left participants and their new objects ro play 30 second free clips of dog relaxation music. Individuals were asked to return these items to me at Islington Mill one year to the day at the same time.
One notable exchange was my first shoe being taken by artist Alison Ward who has returned to New York and then texas with my shoe and returned it by post one year later.
One year later some of my belongings returned, some did not. An annual act of trust.