Each work in the exhibition presents a found text. These include a text of a local newspaper, the transcript of a live radio broadcast; and the placard from a protest. These texts are familiar to us, in type at least, and are similar to each other. One thing they all share is that their normal interval of currency has expired.
Opening Party: Friday 2nd May 7-9pm
Mobile Home is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Elizabeth Price.
Each work in the exhibition presents a found text. These include a text of a local newspaper, the transcript of a live radio broadcast; and the placard from a protest. These texts are familiar to us, in type at least, and are similar to each other. One thing they all share is that their normal interval of currency has expired. However, through their re-presentation here, each text is employed to articulate an ensuing course of action.
This action is, in part, that of the artist; and the works each disclose her own encounter with the texts, and the undertakings which they have precipitated. Å’dead body dial 999Â¹ is a version of issue no.17024 of the Hackney Gazette, 31 August, 2000. It was produced in response to a suicide note reported in that issue. Like much of PriceÂ¹s recent work this project was generated by finding an anonymous or remote instruction. Often the instruction cannot be fulfilled in a straightforward way, and so the work unfolds in trying to resolve an appropriate course of action to meet the demand of the task. PriceÂ¹s initial course of action in this piece was to re-type the entire textual content of the Gazette.
In this, as in much of her work, the project develops through a process of repetitive manual or administrative labour. In a kind of dumb-comic inversion of artistic virtuosity, Price considers how to proceed by undertaking a task of maintenance. She inhabits and acts out the logic of her subject. In this case, she absorbed the entire text of her local paper, an act formalised by the process of re-typing it; and on the completion of this process she returned the text to the tabloidÂ¹s multi-column format. In fact, it was returned to the precise arrangement of issue no.17024. (The resulting version differs from the original in that it employs a single font and includes only the textual content of the newspaper). This dead-pan re-iteration of the newspaper text, meets no task, but documents the period of PriceÂ¹s dogged attention to the instruction, and precisely discloses the reality of the site, where she encountered it.
LIVE is a text derived from a live radio broadcast (20 July 2001). It documents 45 minutes of a phone-in discussion held on the morning after Jeffrey ArcherÂ¹s conviction for perjury and perverting the course of justice; and constitutes an attempt to faithfully transcribe it. The conversation is very animated, and so incorporates a whole range of non-verbal enunciations, which Price includes. The resulting text articulates her attempts to find an accommodation for the varying conversational uses of sniffs, sighs, splutters or laughter, amongst other sounds even less well differentiated. The presentation of the text employs the conventions of the dramatic script and so a re-enactment is prompted. Directions for this are offered, and a set of visual props is provided.
A similar chain of events unfolds in Å’DennessÂ¹, employing a photograph from the sports-pages of the Independent Newspaper (22 November 2001). This documents a demonstration following a contentious cricket decision, which takes the form of a re-enactment of the moment and gesture of the disputed judgement. A boy stands in for the batsman Sachin Tendulkar, and near by a man performs the action of the umpire: ruling Tendulkar Å’outÂ¹ with a gesture of the right hand, pointing sky-wards. From this extraordinary protest, Price borrows and distributes a single prop.
The works presented articulate PriceÂ¹s response to three texts. Her reply is in each case terse, but the deadpan tone belies a mordant wit. Through the evidence of her own response, the claim of each text is re-made and re-distributed......
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