H ~ O ~ L ~ E
WAITING TO BE DUG
‘Most men would be insulted,
if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall,
and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages.
But many are no more worthily employed now.’
Henry David Thoreau, Life Without Principle:
H~O~L~E engages with the digging of a hole as an act and reflection of futility engaged by working class men.
Extending this contract with the earths surface H~O~L~E will engage with a series of trades to create a landscape of thought provoking beauty, ritual and reflective performance on the lives working class men lead within their life.
H~O~L~E aims to site itself on locations that are without walls
these sites are the scars on the land left from post-industrial buildings, namely factories.
The act of digging a hole in the ground can be viewed as a creative act.
It transforms surface, alters dimensions, reveals the hidden, and inverts surface tension into negative space.
It is physical, rooted in motion and is dance.
The rituals at play within labour is a form of street art;
there is the demarcation of space employing barriers,
the transformation of space and place,
a series of actions are put into play,
a costume of High-Vis, boots and hard hat,
a series of multi-dimensional characters are exchanging within a series of
established scripts and choreographic sequences,
H~O~L~E points towards Shakespeare’s gravediggers from Hamlet, who are the proletariat clowns.
The hole being dug is the sub-conscious communal grave we are all heading towards.
H~O~L~E also references The Myth of Sisyphus the ‘proletarian of the gods’ and the writings of Albert Camus.
‘If this myth is tragic, that is because its hero is conscious.
Where would his torture be, indeed, if at every step the hope of succeeding upheld him?
The workman of today works everyday in his life at the same tasks, and his fate is no less absurd.’
Albert Camus – The Myth of Sisyphus
We will dig a hole and explore the potential of combining skills to develop a
sculptural form from this single act of digging a hole.
We will collaborate and translate the gathered skills and lives of the men we work with into a social sculpture and a work of public art.
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