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BAD GOODS2012, PERFORMANCE


A shopper makes purchases at the supermarket checkout, but in reverse. The moment he acquires his goods, they are returned to the teller. This procedure is repeated ad infinitum.

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Extract from catalogue essay by Alistair Robinson: "The alarming video work Bad Goods, 2012 reveals a supermarket shopper repeating his daily routine, but reverses the sequence so that the consumer rescinds his purchases to the teller. The short sequence repeats ad infinitum, like a monstrous cross-breed of the films Groundhog Day and Twin Peaks, scripted by a manic commodity fetishist. The work presents a capitalist's dream come true: consumers who endlessly and only consume, without interruption or the need for life outside consumption. The horror of daily life is revealed through the most elegant of means: a glitch, flaw, or momentary lapse of reason that makes the work a kind of waking hallucination.

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Commissioned by Delfina Foundation / British Council / Art School Palestine.
Presented at National Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland.

 
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