Half formed thoughts cast out, and labour loops back. What seems of value is in fact of very little, and what is expected to work rejects function. One man’s trash is another’s treasure, hot decay that burns white and hissing, eyes are wide and awake. Unconcealed common property, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so they say. Industry and intelligence, a possibility. Industrial negligence, a calamity. Symbols as miscommunication becoming meta-communication. A pause, a flash, a break.
To be just: beyond the living present in general - and beyond its simple negative reversal. A spectral moment, a moment that no longer belongs to time, if one understands by this word the linking of modalized presents (past present, actual present: "now," future present). We are questioning in this instant, we are asking ourselves about this instant that is not docile to time, at least to what we call time. Furtive and untimely, the apparition of the specter does not belong to this time, it does not give time, not that one: "Enter the ghost, exit the ghost, re-enter the ghost" (Hamlet).
- Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx
A defunctionalized tool remains a tool, but it becomes a zero-tool, a meta-tool. What it then demonstrates is the sovereign subjectivity of the artist, who is now able to use this meta-tool in any way they wish. Thus, the artist ceases to be a slave of the system in which all tools have a predetermined function. As a meta-tool, the artwork anticipates the death of modern civilization.
- Boris Groys, The Museum as a Cradle of Revolution
All Work No Play
A solo show by Cameron Randall
Private View: 2nd of July 6-9 pm
03.07.21 - 10.07.21
Unit 3, Empson Street, London, E3 3LT