Absurd Hero

Place: University of Cumbria, Institute of the Arts, Brampton Road, Carlisle, England

Duration: 9 hours continuous

Material: Human form dressed in heavy duty trousers, steel toe capped boots and t-shirt, rock, rope, wooden board, spotlight


This repetitive action probed concepts of; absurdity, endurance and phenomenology. It adopted a Sisyphean functionality, contributing towards an ongoing, representational investigation of the subject matter. Employing raw, ready-made materials, the experience played into the notion of the archetypal labourer. As this was my occupation at the time, this allowed me to draw upon personal experiences, presenting those who engage with such pursuits as heroic.

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Max Wilkins

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