Bex Whitley, Broadcast Journalism student at NTU, recently visited Jimmy Cauty’s artwork ‘The Aftermath Dislocation Principle part 1 (ADP1)’ in Edinburgh. The artwork is currently on tour around the UK and although it isn’t being exhibited in Nottingham, it is being shown in multiple large cities throughout christmas. If your heading home over the christmas break and fancy checking it out you can see if its coming someone near you here, http://www.l-13.org . Below Bex Whitley tells us what she thought of it.
‘Jimmy Cauty, famous (or perhaps infamous) for setting alight a million pounds in a bizarre protest, has created this vast dystopian piece of artwork which is currently ‘on a pilgrimage to over 36 historic riot sites across the UK’.
Walking round Edinburgh, we randomly stumbled upon this bizarre looking shipping container, only to find that it’s the home of Cauty’s work. It houses a piece which he’s named The Aftermath Dislocation Principle part 1 (ADP1). The post apocalyptic diorama has visited over 30 sites which have witnessed riots or ‘significant civil unrest’. The miniature model village depicts a post-riot landscape set in a mythical Bedfordshire (strangely a place really close to wear I live). These scenes are witnessed through observation ports in the side of the container, and ‘there is no sign of the population’.
As a massive fan of street art, I was gutted when I didn’t get a chance to go to Banksy’s ‘bemusement park’ Dismaland. This piece, although presented slightly differently at the time, actually featured in Dismaland, so I was really happy to get to experience part of it.
Cauty himself seems like a crazy and funny man. When speaking to the Guardian about his work, he explained that he wasn’t wasn’t too happy with some messages. He claimed when he saw ‘Don’t worry. Be Happy’ he wanted to write and complain about how he didn’t want ‘that shit on his container’. However, when he saw that someone had written ‘Damien Hirst is an egg’ he found that ‘quite nice’.
But what did I like most about the exhibition? The personal element. Going round the container there were messages written from people all round the world. People’s additions to the container gave mixed messages and ranged from political comments to the standard ‘I love…’. I really loved that the nature of the piece represents its message so well, the container evolves at each place it stops , leaving an affect on the people who have seen it in the same way the riots did.
If you get a chance to see this installation, do it. It combines street it with socio-political messages as well as humour in what I found to be a really original piece of art. Below is a link where you can find more about the piece as well as where it will be visiting next.’
This post originally appeared on Bexs blog http://www.bexlouisewhitley.wordpress.com
Edited by Polly Evans | Culture and Entertainments Editor