What is The Right Question? presented a set of four large scale photographic images with accompanying text, intended as a provocation for viewers to consider their own position in a modern consumerist world and the possibilities in adopting other approaches. The prints were created using a reclaimed obsolete large format plotter, extending its normal function of producing plans and blueprints, to produce high contrast black and white and saturated full colour photographic images.
One half of the space was filled by a 5 metre long black and white print which was created by digitally stitching selected frames from a 4.5 minute video pan across a wild meadow filled with dandelions. The print was mounted directly on the walls, following the angles and corners of the space, resulting in a 'wrap around' horizon-like macro view.
What is the right Question?
"Don't stand on the outside looking in, stand on the outside looking further out. In our more insecure moments we imagine the party is happening elsewhere. The movers and shakers are doing it without you. We have a tendency to stare through the window at those having a good time. Forget them and head for the horizon where everything is unknown, where there is no security, no rules, no safety blanket, and make things happen" Bill Drummond, artist.
It feels like dissent.
To disengage with the apparatus of the market.
It dominates everything we do.
As artists we choose to explore and head off into the unknown.
Once there was a world with no agriculture where we thrived on what was all around us
And yet now we don't even know if we can eat it.
Perhaps we will learn that there is not a technological answer to everything?
To step outside capitalism and imagine deep into the past and deep into the future
What is the right question to ask?
How do we know when we find it?
Will the answers come flying around us like the seeds when we blow on a dandelion clock?
The common dandelion is a weed.
There are hundreds of products on the market designed to destroy it.
It is a blight on our pristine lawns.
It comes back year after year, simply due to its resilience.
And yet if you understand you can eat it, it becomes a reliable source of food.