They Move the Goalposts (Sketch 1)

As part of my 'Northernness' project I want to create an array of football goalposts. Football is an integral part of life in the north of England and played a huge part in my upbringing in Manchester. My ‘goalposts’ will be altered so that you cannot in fact score a goal. A comment on how the goalposts are often moved for those striving for better things in this part of the world only for public spending to be annexed by a London centric government. A good example is how much is spent on public transport per capita. London, £4895, North-East England, £246.

Another example of them ‘moving the goalposts’ is not allowing public spending on a 21st century transport system that would turn the northern cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds in to one interconnected mega-city which would allow for cultural growth and create a genuinely bigger economy. Rather the government would prefer to spend billions on a high speed train line from London to the North so that commuters can get back to London 20 minutes faster.

Greggs Pastiche. 1st sketch for an idea I have for my ‘Northernness’ project about the North of England and being a ‘Northerner’ and the sterotypes, clichés and prejudices associated with being ‘from up north’. This first piece of work will be based upon pasties (a hot pastry filled with a range of savoury ingredients) from a baker’s called Greggs. There is a stereotype that Northerners/Poor white folk eat many a pasty or pie as part of their diet - colloquially known as “Pie Eaters”. This art work will also be a homage to a piece by the artist William Pope. L - his piece entitled ‘Map of the World’. My title is ‘Greggs Pastiche’ - pasty - pastiche - pasty-iche … you know what I mean!

Another rendering of Slaughterhouse Five Motherfucker at an alternative location for Dlectricity - 70 W Alexandrine Street, Detroit City.

A rendering of my video installation, Slaughterhouse Five Motherfucker, to be shown in Detroit City as part of Dlectricity. September 26th -27th, 2014.