Public intervention, various locations around Cambridge, October 2016
(still from trailer by J Howard) Art Language Location 2016
Until Further Notice claims a situation that will not change until another announcement is made:
at once undermining its outlook but not without hope. Whether closed, delayed, precariously
anticipated or holding out, Until Further Notice suspends our trajectories. It indicates both an
urgency and possibility. It draws on the state of things by suggesting the ‘inconvenience caused’
as moments of potential. The work will be on tour across Cambridge, in parks and woodlands,
at stations and crossings, places of education and community all of which will feed into a
growing itinerary available to view online.
Reel time, social drawing, still from film presented for MFA Interim show 2016, Goldsmiths University
The locality is one of many London’s neighbourhoods with a school anchor that forms social
rituals and politics of school runs – at once embedded in broader issues such as conditioning
through institutional education and 24/7 supervised childhoods locked in a domesticated agenda.
Meanwhile, the streets and greens are left empty, the children’s horizons deflated. The film follows
a ‘nearby’ proximity which children would normally experience self-reliantly on their own. Here,
the logic is addressed playfully in format of a social drawing. The rotatory device moves around
playfully and freely, in and out of reality, winding up; touching on work vs. play. The film’s scale and
details follow a childlike view: colours and textures of the immediate passed by surrounding such as
the pavement, bricked walls, grass and fences. With no set beginning or end the viewer can start
watching at any point. Intentionally, the video has no commentary or visible human intervention,
just ordinary ambient sounds. However, most emphasised are the screaming children when passing
by the school: it’s their call! Avoiding a didactic format, the film is not spelling all out, instead it lets
the perceptual qualities unfold; animated and context-specific.