Access to information is a battleground where governments, corporations and individuals contest who has the right to police and exploit knowledge. The way information is stored, catalogued and distributed, reflects a community’s hierarchies and shared values.
That is why my practice aims to foreground the values taken for granted in the construction of an ‘informed’ citizenry. Against a backdrop of pervasive ideology, this cannot be achieved by exploding the myths which structure everyday life so much as by creating a sense of unease about their invisibility and benignity.
By resetting informational systems, such as archives, information booths and signage, to malfunction I aim to offer a more effective engagement than utopian or critical positions promising resistance. If today’s knowledge economy is inescapable, it is time to circulate a new currency — one in which exchange value itself is de‑commodified by breaking down the implicit consensus through which it operates. A consensus that has foreclosed debate about what kind of people we might be, and the nature of contemporary subjectivity.
MA Shows, Wimbledon College of Art, 2013
Trust, Morden Hall Park, 2013
Memoria Technica, Nunnery Gallery, 2012