This is a piece I’ve got in an exhibition at The People’s History Museum, which opens next month…
‘WHAT IF VOTING CHANGED EVERYTHING?’
Ballot box that shreds votes as they are cast
45 x 30 x 30 cm, clear acrylic, paper, plastic, metal
© David Dunnico 2018
American Anarchist Emma Goldman was credited with saying: “If voting changed anything they would make it illegal”.
For 100 years, since the Representation of the People Act gave most men and some women the right to vote, people have been questioning if having the vote is the same as having political power. Today, with globalisation, people are asking how much power national governments really have.
But the surprising result of the Brexit vote in the UK, and the unexpected election of Trump in the USA, mean relatively small numbers of votes may have changed everything.
I’ve got a picture included in the Waterside Arts Open Exhibition which runs from 15 March to Saturday 19 May 2018 – It’s called Open/Close, Up/Down and looks like this:
Err… Or this:
Because it’s a lenticular print (one of those 3-D things that appear to move as you move, which you used to get inside boxes of cereal). So it actually looks like this:
Only you can’t see it like that in the gallery because it’s stuck to a wall – You have to do the moving to watch Helen’s eyes open and close – Which is where it gets weird and wobbly as you have to contort yourself and squint to see her face – This is because the two images do not exactly overlap one another and rather than the lenses that make a lenticular image work running from top to bottom as you’d expect, they run horizontally. All of which may or may not explain why the piece is called Open/Close, Up/Down and will hopefully baffle people into contortions, or move them quickly on to another piece.
I entered three pieces into the exhibition, naturally, this was the ‘filler’ and the other two pieces were rejected. The 2018 Open is the sixth time Waterside have run the exhibition and the third (I think) time I’ve entered. I had a sound installation in it four(?) years ago called 100 Breaths Per Minute, which goes like this:
Top of my list of Xmas presents this year was the Santa’s Elf CCTV – if you’ve been nice you have nothing to fear from Santa watching you, but he’ll know if you’ve been naughty! Plus it gets your children used to the idea of constant surveillance right from the start. It might just be the best £3.99 you’ll spend this whole year.
Do you want to hear (and see) me play The Internationale? Of course you do!
Most of my photography is taken in and is about the city – I’m not so concerned about what the city looks like, but how it works and why it doesn’t work for a lot of the people who live in it. Manchester Design Festival included a debate between developers, architects and planners. I went and wrote this article for Now Then Manchester…
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The first issue of PRA(v)DA – my tabloid exposing the sordid shoe fetish of Theresa May is somewhere amongst the zines on display at a new exhibition at The Doomed Gallery in London (what a good name that is). As I won’t be there, there’s a special prize for anyone who goes and sends me a photo of my zine – in the event of there being more than one entry, I’ll err towards the one which pictures mine artistically arranged on top of other people’s zines.
It’s time for a new edition and new venue of the arts workshop/salon/happening I sometimes contribute to by way of a video. This time, my video Star Spangled Burger will be getting its world premiere (well if you don’t count me putting it on here and FaceBook and stuff). Your £5 entrance fee will all go to Forever Manchester and in return you will hopefully be entertained, educated and feel just that little bit more erudite than you did before.
It’s your last chance to see the exhibition ‘Republic of Brexitopia’ at the Espacio Gallery in London, which includes my War Memorial. Here’s my disembodied hand wiping the dust of the battlefield off one of the three panels. The exhibition closes on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 7pm.
The Republic of Brexitopia exhibition (see my earlier post) opens today (6 September 2017 – and you’ve got ten days to go and see it (gallery closed on Mondays). “So, Dave” I hear you asking – “What’s this war memorial you’ve done for it?” I’m glad you asked that – here’s a leaflet that explains some if not all.