The project examines cycling as a metaphor for the cyclical nature of world economy. Economic cycles (or waves) are characterized by periodic crises, followed by shifts in the modes of production. Born amid the recession of the 1970s the bicycle messenger embodies the core principals, which are to define labor in the current techno-economic paradigm. The artist takes on the role of a real-life courier, and intervenes in the relations of production. The project marks the 40-year anniversary of the recession of 1973-75, and implicitly raises questions about its resonance for the present moment.
In K. the artist’s body serves as a departure point for a series of playful interventions directed at the institutional gaze. Formed within 19th-century criminology, the concept of the individual is a product of the system, which today organizes individual existence. The resulting documents present a reductive take on the subject, and despite their seeming exactitude, accommodate a multitude of loopholes and areas of fuzziness. With this in mind, the artist appropriates the techniques of intelligibility and their attributes of identity as instruments of artistic production. The project’s title bears reference to Franz Kafka’s character Josef K. whose opposition to the Law makes him an unwitting participant in his disciplinary subjection.
Wilfred Wyman is an object and sound installation, which constructs and narrates the life story of the fictional, late-Victorian artist Wilfred Wyman (1859-1939). Set against the backdrop of actual, historical events, Wyman’s life witnessed the scientific developments following the breakthroughs of Darwinian biology. Connecting multiple layers of time the character’s viewpoint puts into perspective the decades long political and biopolitical concern for the human subject to trace its social impact throughout the first half of the 20th century and beyond.