"Life moves pretty fast, it you don't stop and look back around once in a while you could miss it''.
We often spend too much time thinking about what to do next we forget to take a moment to remember what we have just done. Life has become so busy and we can forget that the moments that we live for need to be remembered. This exhibit should encourage you to remember moments that you might not have thought about in a while and hopefully inspire the recollection of future memories so that you can remember and preserve them for longer.
It is easy to forget how much of our culture is based on consumerism with too much importance being placed on "things" rather than important issues that need to be addressed.
Viewers will originally think that they are approaching a supermarket shelf full of products, but in fact the product is a social problem "packaged" for them to see.
In this project I want viewers to walk away more aware of wrongs and injustices within society.
The idea is to show a different perspective on what I understand by response. Using the influence of meme style behavior my idea plays on the social habit of requiring a response to the small and unimportant decisions in life for example asking someone their opinion on your hairstyle or tie when a mirror is available.
My exhibit sets out to confront visitors with these alternative ideas by creating t-shirts with humorous images informed by response requests, or "Do you want a response?" situations.
For the visitor:
- Write with the marker on the t-shirt an example of a response request routine or habit or anything you think does not require a request for response.
- If you can't think of anything, or you dont have any issues on RSVP, simply pin a badge from the basket on the t-shirt just to show a response to the event.
My exhibitional response to "RSVP" is two-fold, and hopefully you'll appreciate that pun more upon reading further.
Firstly, I was interested in the way that, when asking people for a response, often the one you get is negative, or a counter-productive one. People dispose of invitations as if they were litter.
Secondly, I was fascinated by the visual language of paper planes, and the interactivity that they could bring to a subject such as RSVP. I wanted my work to be in part caused by people's responses, and this is achieved by the invitation for the viewer to write on, fold, and throw the planes here.
Within days, months and years you find yourself asking for an answer. Sometimes you are saying "please reply" to the people around you, even to yourself. People come and go from your life every day, they could pass you in the street and you may not even notice.
Inside the book you will find some written statements in response to a questionnaire documenting how people meet and talk.
Sometimes your life can be changed by just by one conversation.
During our everyday lives we communicate with more people, more often, than ever before; however we seldom use these increased opportunities to talk about serious issues in society.
I have chosen to contact people in order to encourage discussion around the issue of the Robin Hood Tax. There is currently a campaign to introduce a tax of only 0.05% on financial transactions, which could raise billions in additional revenue in the UK alone.
The money could be used to help fight cuts to essential public services, tackle climate change, fund further cancer research, end poverty at home and abroad, and help kerb the kind of reckless financial sector behaivour that led to the global financial crisis.
For further information visit: robinhoodtax.org.uk