Something Blocks the Doorway

Place: The Pharmacy, Scotland Road, Carlisle, England

Duration: 3 hours continuous

Material: Human form dressed in blue shirt and black trousers, noise cancelling headphones, blindfold, white gallery wall, spotlight

2018

This performance operated through a simplistic economy of gesture and material. It was fuelled by a motivation to highlight the problematic notion of inaccessibility. The venue, an exhibition space which previously functioned as a pharmacy, enabled me to become an allusive component within the space. I developed an antagonistic, physical altercation with a white exhibition wall. This would deny access to what used to be a doorway and would involve me repeatedly colliding with said wall as if said doorway was still operational. A once achievable gesture becomes entirely fruitless. Such would call attention to the historic function of the space and, by extension, the inconsistencies presented by its current state. 

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Max Wilkins

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