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December 2014

SUNLIGHT: energy labour value was a screening powered by the Electric Pedals Cinema that Critical Practice, a research cluster I work with, organised; it was hosted by Open School East.

The Cinema harnessed the energy from eight adults pedalling (continually and in rotation) bikes-on-stands-connected-to-generators. The noise, heat and sweat enabled the audience to feel the energy and labour necessary to power the projector, dvd player, amp and speakers. Labour and energy were part of the entertainment.

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WaterpaintingA long time ago, I was asked by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, to contribute an artwork for the Bigger Splash Benefit Auction, to raise funds for their public programme. Each invited artist was supplied with watercolour paints, paper and brushes.

I wondered what kind of watercolours would collectors of contemporary art like? Of course, they like what other collectors like them like. I thought, what paintings are popular? Gary Hume paintings are very, very popular. I decided to make two Gary Hume-like watercolours, copies of images reproduced in the catalogue of the Whitechapel exhibition in 1999; from his Water Painting series.

Like this one (left) since 2000 in the Tate Collection

Following his usual practice, Hume linear-traced silhouettes of women from found photographic imagery onto aluminium, offsets and superimposes them, then paints flat, high-key, household gloss monochrome grounds. The outlines float, flicker and ripple, producing his familiar seductive, sexy, paintings. I extended the process by tracing photographic reproduction of the paintings from the Whitechapel catalogue, transferred them to paper, masked the wiry tracings, and then laid down flat-wash watercolour backgrounds. Water Painting mutations.

SunlightI've been working as part of Critical Practice towards Differently Screening 4: SUNLIGHT: energy labour value

It's a screening and discussion powered by the Electric Pedals Cinema. The Cinema harnesses the energy from 6 adults pedalling bikes-on-stands-connected-to-generators, which enables the audience to be part of the entertainment as they power the screening.

7 pm - 9 pm Wednesday 10th December 2014
Open School East
The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
London N1 5SQ

Join Critical Practice and Open School East to generate energy, a cinema screening and discussion (with beer and bread) on sustainable labour, value and energy, on cinema, love, property and theft.

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