Summer Ritual I
The first Rituel d’été
( extract from my synthesis about sabotage entitled LEAM pg. 12)
Sunglasses - The idea came about because I was discovering many towns in the south of France during the summer months, I had no money and I had just sat on a pair of sunglasses that I had left lazily on a car seat, the worst thing was that someone had lent them to me. In this moment of mini-crisis, I searched every corner of my brain until I came up with a plan. The first time I executed this plan was in Avignon, walking through the crowds of the theatre festival. I found the courage to walk into a bar and, with weak French and a look of fear, I told them that I had lost my sunglasses. Miraculously, they pulled out a pair of fake Raybans. The same day, I managed to get two more and started to develop my spiel. 1I developed the role I would let LEAM take over in his character. The deception of waiters / waitresses / barmaids / receptionists in pubs, restaurants and hotels soon became a special talent of LEAM and myself. It was powers of negotiation that were used to make them believe us.
I would often bite my nails when they pulled out a pair of dust-covered glasses or a pair of women’s , I just had to keep a straight face. I started to say that they were my pair of friends. On other occasions, I really took the bull by the horns and asked them for the biggest victory I could have imagined, sometimes they saw through what cost me a few pairs of 2sunglasses.
It was obvious that Liam would not be able to lie to the bar and restaurant staff, he would be too overwhelmed with guilt and hesitant in a situation where moral codes are contradictory. I was unknown to these people, I found it easy to decry them because they were the actors and judges of success. But success is not just a pair of sunglasses, success can also be achieved by a failed attempt. For example, on the Marseilles waterfront, in the heat of August, during the midday service, I stood infront of the only fan in order to attract the attention of the waiters; finally, the smell of my factor 50 sun cream reached the nose of a seasoned professional. He called my bluff and told me that he would have remembered my face if he had seen it before! I felt his anger,he was like a character from the original “French Connection”. It was nice to see his nostrils open like that.
2 The CIA Freedom Fighters Handbook is full of techniques on how to use idleness and procrastination as well as household objects as weapons of sabotage in causing civil unrest.
3 Lost property boxes are like travel trophies dedicated to idleness and misadventures. Walter Benjamin Arcades Projects, historise and memories coded in ‘useless’ things that are obscured by the monolithic history of capitalist ‘progress’.
Ritual d'été/Summer Ritual
Every year for the past 6 years, in August, I carry out a series of actions that
confront the human position to live daily life continuously
as a tourist. There is an auto-biographical base that retraces my
feeling of being perpetually caught between two identities and generally
the complications of having emigrated from the UK. These actions are
often aware of the specific geographies of my environment. The
The first three actions were specific to the South of France.
Summer Ritual of the actions of the last five editions, which included, between
other, the demand for sunglasses in bars and restaurants in the south of the country.
France with a French phrase book. Getting lost under the scorching heat
and make engravings of the landscape to make sunglasses. Take
photos of the British flag carried as an accessory. A song about
soils in different countries and of course the tanning tattoos of French words made in Whitley Bay for ArtHouses 2018.
Rituel d’été/Ritual Summer Ritual
Chaque année depuis 6 ans, au mois d’août, j’effectue une série d’actions qui
confrontent la position humaine à vivre continuellement la vie quotidienne
comme touriste. Il y a une base auto-biographique qui retrace mon
sentiment d’être perpétuellement pris entre deux identités et généralement
les complications d’avoir émigré depuis le Royaume-Uni. Ces actions sont
souvent conscientes des géographies spécifiques de mon environnement. Les
trois premières actions étaient spécifiques au sud de la France.
Rituel d’été des actions des cinq dernières éditions, qui comprenaient, entre
autres, la demande de lunettes de soleil dans les bars et restaurants du sud de
la France avec un livre de phrases en français. Se perdre sous la chaleur torride
et faire des gravures du paysage pour en faire des lunettes de soleil. Prendre
des photos du drapeau Britannique porté comme accessoire. Une chanson sur
les sols dans différents pays et bien sûr les tatouages de bronzage de l’année
dernière de mots français faits à Whitley Bay pour ArtHouses 2018.
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