Thursday, 17 May 2012
Future Everything Festival: Clay commuters
At Cathedral Gardens yesterday morning. The water feature is but a small jump for a regular-sized day commuter, but proves to be a dangerous swim for a clay commuter (as illustrated below...)
8,000 clay commuters appeared around Manchester yesterday morning thanks to the @sykeycollective. These tiny creations by artist Lawrence Epps were let loose around the city. The pieces are all male as the the Sykey Collective tells me the piece is intended as a critical statement about male corporate culture (In which case I guess they are all white and privately schooled too?).
"Dwarfed by the offices and work places around them, [they] mirror the hurried journeys made by their audience. The figures [were] found in surprise locations. The public are encouraged to handle and take away the figures for their own enjoyment and share their thoughts, films and photos in response to the project online. The figures then find their way into the lives and memories of the public." I now have one of them sitting in my city centre flat and blending in next to my wooden effect radio.
They form part of the annual Future Everything Festival, which celebrates the latest developments in art, music and technology through a festival and conference from 16th to 19th May: http://futureeverything.org/
The project accompanies the exhibition of Lawrence Epps’ Human Resources sculpture (made up of tens of thousands of the figures) in the Future Everybody Art Exhibition at MOSI. Additional number of figures will also be distributed in and around Handmade at Victoria Baths on Saturday 19th May.