‘There Goes Another Ideological God…’ (2010)
Degree Show 2010, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
‘We lack resistance. We lack creation’- Gilles Deleuze
Conceptually, my work deals with the idea of political resistance: that through an engagement between artist and audience, through the display or making public of an art work, an engagement may happen which invites the viewer to begin a critical process, that art may become the ‘site’ of an event for the subject. This ‘event’ allows the viewer to look at the world in new and previously unimagined ways. In short, art can challenge us to re-think our relationship with the world; to challenge the viewer into to re-imagining that which is presented as something that should be taken for granted. Art can bring us to resist accepting the ways things are as an inevitable reality; all things made by men can be modified, changed or radically altered. Resistance in art gives us the offer to begin engaging, questioning and -most importantly- thinking critically again.
It is on this criteria of engagement that I may investigate the idea of how art may become a ‘site of resistance’: through art we may invent, experiment with and develop new ways to protest and resist against normative thinking prevalent and pervasive in all aspects of a society subsumed under capitalism.
Prior to my degree show, for months I collected fast food packaging, banking application forms and their promotional material. These nave been resisted by being pulped; being remade into books or large blank sheets of paper. It is an act of resistance through re-appropriation.
I did to their credit card application forms what they did to the economy: pulped it. The result – the literal blank paper- is the blank slate we should take the present to be as our ideological ‘status quo’ has failed and it should allow us as citizens to begin thinking of a different reality
 The idea of an ‘Event’ relates to a rupture in the subject’s reality and allows for a re-evaluation of truth. The term is referent of Alain Badiou and his book ‘Being and Event’ which takes around 1000 pages to explore what is, in effect, a very simple concept!