Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway is an experiment, a stunt and a deeply cynical manipulation in some senses. It is also a contradiction, both real and fake, simultaneously. It looks like a friendly children’s workshop, and it is, but it harbours a very serious agenda about confronting the dystopia that we have created for ourselves, and our children.
I spotted this VR headset in the window of Ryman’s on my way to the shop today, I was tempted to buy one, for its value as a prop, the only thing missing is a plug for the mouth. Or a dummy, even better. However, I think this might belong in another piece of work. See no reality, hear no reality, speak no reality.
I decided against it. I’m near the end of the residency and time is running out, the sensory-deprivation monkey mask might be the jumping off point for a whole new work.
I have known the dates for this residency for several months but didn’t realise until less than a week ago that my last day would be Black Friday, it doesn’t feature prominently in my calendar.
But what a gift! Today, I had the idea make black fries for “Black Fries Day”. I would not have thought that the Turner Fries could be improved any further.
A few visitors today, along with a few awkward moments, as well as some inadequate photography on my part, but the conversations covered a lot of ground and it left me with lots to think about.
On the way home, I was reminded of the almost impossible challenge to be satirist in a post-cultural world.