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Photograph: Phil Wilson 

Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan: The default exchange adjusted


The default exchange adjusted, used site, object, text and image to curate a loose event that considered the conditions and contexts of the sculptural object. The work was best understood as a choreographed situation, with each element using its own strategy to consider, and focus the encounter between viewer and sculpture.

The work consisted of two elements – a guide to the University’s sculptures, and a speaking wall. The guide contained a new series of photographs of the sculptures on campus, and can be obtained from the Radar office. The speaking wall's recital took the form of a shaggy dog story that described an encounter at a sculpture park with a similarly misbehaved sculpture.

Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan would like to thank Ant Macari for his help with the audio recital.

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan have worked collaboratively since 1995 and produce absurd or contradictory interventions as a means of considering or examining a situation. Their artworks often function as displacements or diversions which encompass sculpture, painting, architecture, photography, performance, literature, institutional critique and curation. They often describe their objects and installations as stage sets or props, and it is often the choreography and curation of these elements that should be understood as the artwork. These artworks create a staged theatrical experience for a viewer, allowing them to consider their context and their relationship to it. 

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