I Listen

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First shown at ASA Gallery and subsequently at in 1993 atthe Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa Art Now, exhibition.

The work consists of five crystal set radios mounted inside glass vitrines. Each set is tuned to a different talk-back radio show which could be listened to by using the earpiece provided. The radios were accompanied by a kit sets that could be purchased for a few dollars undermining the commercial value of the art works and technological commodity.

The work critiques a culture of political correctness in which the artist as talk-back host offers a sympathetic indulgent ear with the promise of cathartic fulfillment through the act of consumption (both bodily and fiscally).

 

James Charlton – Creative Practice