Artwork Title: Listening
must be redeemed within one year of 25th October 2017
Statement: Artist Louise Ashcroft is auctioning off 100 minutes of her life which she will spend with you listening, during a winter walk in London. You can choose to listen to your surroundings together or you can talk to her in confidence about anything. The piece can also be bought as a gift for someone else. Listening is a live artwork but it’s not a performance; it’s a shared experience. Louise Ashcroft’s practice is generated from field research in ordinary places like the supermarket, a stranger’s house, your LinkedIn profile, or the street. These contexts are used as material for social collages and subversions which reprogramme prevailing cultural logic and suggest alternatives. For example, planning a life together with strangers while helping them with their housework (Why Don’t We Live Together? 2016-17); repeatedly smuggling strange-looking African vegetables into supermarkets and trying to buy them to confuse the check-out system (Vegetable, 2003-17); or working with communities in Exeter to redesign and remake the entire Internet from scratch using whatever materials were to hand (Remaking the Internet, 2016). Louise Ashcroft studied at The Royal College of Art and The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University. She is co-founder of the free art school AltMFA. She has shown her work widely including at Arebyte, arebyteLASER, artsadmin, Coastal Currents Hastings, The Koppel Project, The Government Art Collection, Exeter Phoenix, AVU Prague, Latitude Festival, Guest Projects, Turner Contemporary (Margate), ArtLicks Weekend, The Boring Conference, various comedy venues, and The Function Room. Louise was recently Family Artist in Residence at Camden Arts Centre and Tate Schools Artist in Residence. She teaches Fine Art at Goldsmiths and UCA.
Artwork size:Two hours and the length of the walk
Guide price: £TBC