Scientist AKA Dr Thraxaplaxis (fictional character, imagined inventions, real/fictional, narrative)
Installation displaying devices, request forms and a video interview. Narrative: An inventor has been hired to help students who could request devices to be made, that might be useful to them in their day-to-day lives. The items didn’t really work that well, didn’t work at all or were cheaply made. The inventor comes off as egotistical, believing himself to be more capable than what the poorly made devices on display evidence. The devices were displayed along with a video “interview” containing a meeting with the inventor and of the students receiving them. Questions: Was the inventor a real person hired to help students or was all made up? All the evidence is there – in the interview the inventor is in a room made out to look like a workshop, the devices and request forms are on display. Are parts real and other fictional?
No help desk
A clearly marked help desk sits at the entrance to an art exhibition. It consists of three tables arranged in a U shape and has one chair placed inside the U and one on the outside. A coat hangs on the back of one chair, a cup of half drunk tea sits on the inner side, while leaflets are scattered around the tables and a sign directs people to sit and wait for someone to come along and help. No one does. Galleries have help desks, but do exhibitions? Why do the leaflets have no relevance to the exhibition, art, the local area? The work asks the viewers to look closer, to question the elements that are wrong – is this really what it seems to be? Is it a piece of art work?