The March That No-One Saw

2015
Mixed-media installation
Performance, video, banner, screenprint, poster, photograph

In 1839 the welsh Chartists collected their stored arms from a cave high up in the Brecon Beacons and marched though the valleys in the greatest British working class insurrection of the nineteenth century. Using my residency at Croydon School of Art I prepared and orchestrated a new march from the lower valley back up to the cave with a loose collective of international artists with whom I have worked with on other projects in Belgrade and London. 

A banner was made, posters prepared and the march undertaken, photographed and filmed, and thereafter prints made. The works were shown in Croydon and Wales.  This was a march that went backwards as it went forward in time, that was not seen at the time but was remembered recorded and later seen through digital media. Contemplating what it means to be politically visible in 2015, I wanted to make a collection of works that looked back to a time of emerging photographic records, of street posters and commemorative print, whilst juxtaposing with those media work that is viewed through the internet. The works cross reference typefaces or traditional methods of political engagement whilst their realisation and their being seen now belongs mostly to the vast world of Vimeo and You-Tube. The work allowed me to explore and think through what it means to be politically seen and how the political narratives are shaped in the temporal compression of the world wide web.

 

This work was made with Noemi Niederhauser, Roderick Laperdrix,  Ben Cohen, Majella Dowdican, Basile Weber and Maria Ribeiro.