25 November - 22 December 2006
Curated by Hugh Mulholland Common Culture’s new work produced under the collective title of Pop Trauma develops their previous interest in object-based commodity forms and extends it into an examination of how the culture industry routinely commodifies human labour and experience as entertainment.
In Local Comics, individual comedians are each separately filmed performing their act in an empty comedy club. Each routine is recorded by a stationary video camera, set up to give a close-up head and shoulders portrait of the individual comedians. Each recording lasts the duration of the comedian’s routine, beginning and closing with the empty stage before and after each performance. In Bouncers, Common Culture continue their interest in popular culture and the demarcation of social space. Through the deployment of nightclub bouncers, they stage a powerful performance that addresses the tensions involved in the management of cultural power and the control of social space.
Common Culture – Pop Trauma, a 120 pp full colour documentation of the Pop Trauma project was published by Void and is for sale at the gallery.