James Bridle talk

A talk by James Bridle on 2nd December, Limassol on issues of citizenship.

( http://jamesbridle.com/ accessed 03.12.2017)

  • implications of technological acceleration and opacity in everyday life
  • amount of info contained online – researching the information and amendments contained online behind Wikipedia’s article on Iraq War,  the artist put together all this information in 12 volumes – we just see a web page but there is actually all this information behind it.
  • the use of drones by governments/army – big in size however because of the height they fly they are not visible by naked eye
  • citizen ex: a project examining what an individuals citizenship might look like if it was determined by the online behaviour
  • algorithmic citizenship  vs. citizenship based on space or ancestors
  • artist’s research on Cyprus: following economic crisis of last years the parliament passed a law providing for foreigners to invest in Cyprus and be granted a Cyprus/European passport. Citizenship as a commodity. This affects the local community / landscaping, architecture changes / prices rise based on the big property developments

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(work by Masaru Iwai)

Masaru Iwai digs the dirt on cleanliness (BY JOHN L. TRAN)

SPECIAL TO THE JAPAN (www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/03/12/arts/video-artist-masaru-iwai-digs-dirt-cleanliness/#.WexJx_mCzIU) accessed 22.11.2017

Τhe notion and value of “cleanliness” are not to be taken at face value — they should be questioned and considered as socially constructed phenomena.

Two phrases come to mind seeing the inaugural exhibition at the new Takuro Someya Contemporary Art gallery in the Minami-Azabu district of Tokyo: “cleanliness is close to Godliness” and “you can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.” The first phrase is appropriate because Iwai rejects the normative association of morality and hygiene, well aware that two of the most fastidiously clean countries in the world, Germany and Japan, have something of a history together. In the second case it’s because one of the video works on show literally reveals a dog turd decorated with glitter — but more on that later.

The main work, “100 Fish, or Before and After Epicure,” is a 14-minute video of 100 freshly caught fish being carefully laid out on a white sheet, gutted and then eaten off-screen, followed by the detritus of the meal being assembled and cleared away. Ambient sounds and foreign voices — the work was created in the Autonomous Republic of Adjara in Eastern Europe — are both undecipherable but, somehow, instinctively recognizable for anyone who has shared a communal meal.


(work by Masaru Iwai)


(work by Nicolas Deshayes, Inhuman 2015, This is crub)

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(work by Terence Koh, Untitled, Dakis Ioannou collection)

The Lady Macbeth effect (from Wikipedia)

The supposed Lady Macbeth effect or Macbeth effect is a priming effect said to occur when response to a cleaning cue is increased after having been induced by a feeling of shame. The effect is named after the Lady Macbeth character in the Shakespeare play Macbeth; she imagined bloodstains on her hands after committing murder.

(Work by Beili Liu, “Sky Bridge”, the pocket mirror work is from http://www.meetfactory.cz/en/program/detail/zbytecny-uklid. It made me think of the bacteria contained in beauty products transferred to the skin. Also a paraphrase of Magic Mirror, on the wall, who, now, is the fairest (cleanest) one of all? 

(cleaning public spaces/ Carrie Metteoli at St Petersburg/ first drawing on dirty surfaces and then removing the dirt using pressured water)

Next to godliness; Cleanliness (Article On “The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History” By Katherine Ashenburg,The Economist. 385.8557 (Dec. 1, 2007): p99(US)):

“I WILL return in five days. Stop washing,” Napoleon famously wrote to Josephine de Beauharnais. Katherine Ashenburg offers many such details in her analysis of the changing attitudes to cleanliness in the West: the Greeks and Romans, who exercised naked and oiled and then scraped the dirt off; the early Christian saints who wore hair shirts to provide a cosy home for lice; aristocrats of the 16th and 17th centuries who were as dirty as commoners and thought that wearing linen would clean the body; the power showers and en-suite bathrooms of today.

Cleanliness symbolises purity. Like Pontius Pilate, we wash our hands of dirty deeds; Italy’s anti-Mafia drive was called “clean hands”

(photos from a google search on hands under florescent light)