Are you tired of the rolling Brexit coverage? Heartbroken at the decision to leave the EU? Can’t wait to get it all over with?
Artist Joe Sweeney is inviting you to leave a message for Europe in his new, 2-part interactive public artwork titled, + 4 4 ... L E AV E A M E S SA G E FO R E U R O P E. In the countdown to ‘B-Day’, Sweeney aims to “capture the humanity of the general public”, and give voice to those who have been overlooked in the madness.
Consisting of an online archive of audio messages left by members of the public and an installation with a 24/7 livestream, Sweeney wants to bring the raging online debate into the real world and give anyone and everyone the chance to be heard honestly, and without judgement.
A reference to the growing isolationism within the UK, Sweeney’s public sculpture is currently on show at The Pilot Inn on Dungeness beach - the UK’s most south-easterly place and home to Britain’s only desert. Inspired by the iconic, but now largely defunct public phone box, the sculpture’s exposed and untreated metal structure will be gradually degraded by the elements, a poignant tribute to society’s eroding self-image.
Members of the public have until 29th March to leave their message, although the audio archive will remain permanently online and be integrated into a show at the Cob Gallery later in the year.
However you feel about Britain’s 2016 decision to leave the European Union, now is the chance to have your voice heard and join Gilbert and George, Tim Noble, Emma Breschi, Hayden Keys, Angry Dan amongst others.