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exhibition, Mon 17 - Mon 24 Oct 2016, free entry

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle

The Aftermath Dislocation Principle


Housed in a 40 ft shipping container, The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a monumental post-riot landscape in miniature. This dystopian model village is set somewhere in Bedfordshire, where only the police and media teams remain in an otherwise deserted, wrecked and dislocated land – all in 1:87 scale and viewed through peepholes in the side of the container.

The origins of this piece lie in a series of works known as A Riot in a Jam Jar (L-13, 2011). Here Cauty constructed tiny scenes of a riotous nature inside upturned jam jars in which violence, humour and socio-political commentary vied for position in contained and domesticated bite-size portions. Likewise, The ADP in a Shipping Container plays out its viewing requirements according to the nature of its construction – not this time for mantelpieces, display cases and gallery plinths but as a totally self-contained off-grid artwork that can go anywhere, to be where it is needed, to seek its audience. The ADP tour explicitly draws on the iconography of the travelling show, the spectacular attraction or the hit and run event, and plays that off against the transient violence and upheaval of civil disorder followed by its aftermath … always moving on, powering across the country on a 30-tonne haulage truck, in parody of the alleged contagion and momentum of riotousness itself.

Over the past 30 years James Cauty has distinguished himself as a musician, artist and cultural provocateur through fusions of high art and popularist mediums – often to spectacular or controversial effect. From a string of number one hits as founder and member of The KLF, to implementation of the The K-Foundation and the seminal action, Watch the K-Foundation Burn a Million Quid (1994), to later artistic experiments with sonic weapons, stamp collecting and model making, cultural subversion and a gleeful level of high humour are elemental to all the work whilst never failing engage its audience in critical pleasure.

As a highly charged and engaging experience, no one fails to be touched by the Aftermath Dislocation Principle. “… engrossingly vivid… funny… terrifying… fascinating…” The Independent

The concept of the tour evolved during the development of the work, reflecting the meanings inherent in both its form and content. When it was realised that the model was best viewed through peepholes, it became apparent that it should be enclosed. When it was clear that it would fit neatly inside a 40 ft shipping container, it became obvious that the work should travel … but to where? Although not explicit, its relationship to A Riot in a Jam Jar suggests that the ADP’s ruined landscape is the result of some kind of mass riot:

“… the proffered narrative telling us about an undefined upheaval, a riot with no articulated catalyst and an odd outcome. The only people left populating the dystopian ruin are the police – the rioters nowhere to be seen. In the absence of civilians to perform disobedience it falls to the constabulary. They paint graffiti, or scratch their heads”.

Augustin Macellari, Crack Magazine, 10.03.2016

As such, the creative ‘logic’ for the tour demands that the ADP should visit riot sites around the country to explore this function of cause and effect, this narrative of bemusement – sites where a riot or significant civil unrest has occurred: places of real ‘Aftermath’, be it from more recent events or historic ones significant in the development of our socio-political and cultural landscape. In no way is the intention to explain the ADP concept or to romanticise the role of social disorder, but instead to tap into that stream of consciousness, whether radical or reactionary, pitting historical narratives against Cauty’s more chaotic, (and ironically) less contained creation.

In support of this proposition we have commissioned Ian Hernon1 to write a short essay summarising the history of civil insurrection in the UK, and its cause and effect on our social order. This will be published in a book accompanying the tour, sitting alongside photographic details of the model and a contrasting essay by Jonathan Downing which draws on eschatological and existential narratives in the work.

Furthermore, at each stage of the tour we will broaden these frameworks through the fine tradition of pamphleteering; issuing colourful ADP propaganda alongside more level-headed leaflets that discuss each location’s ‘riot’. Social media will be co-opted in the same way, and our exhibiting partners around the country (arts institutions or charities, smaller groups, or committed individuals) will also be encouraged to develop their own events and programmes around the ADP and to engage their local communities in any way they see fit.

From previous engagements with the ADP (before it was containe(re)d), we understand the broad appeal of this artwork and its compelling allure. Its construction from traditional (if somewhat subverted) model-making kits gives the work an instantly understandable, recognisable, and almost filmic quality, where the glee of its deconstructive confusion can be played out through direct channels. It is easy to understand, yet complicated. From small children to the art literati, viewing times are drawn out occasions as the finer details of this intricate work are discovered, often accompanied by chuckles of laughter. It is also not uncommon for multiple visits to take place, and through these engagements the work is explored and, as a result, it comes alive. So, as the ADP makes its way among over 35 sites across the country, we hope to generate a continual feedback loop of stories and meanings as greater numbers of people are exposed to this project, developing new audiences and establishing the ADP as a major, innovative, and ongoing artwork.

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Dates Times
Mon 17 - Mon 24 Oct 2016


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