eavesdropping

Exhibited in May Meet In Mutual, Park Centre, Baxter Park, Dundee, August 2014 with Sogol Mabadi and Craig Thomson
Curated by MMIM (Emma Reid & Katie Reid)
A view through a glass wall to a park. A man stands outside the glass wall, looking in. He is reading vinyl handwritten style text on the glass. From the inside, where the photo is taken from, it is more difficult to read but the text says: you're allowed to touch this bit

eavesdropping

A glass wall of a building in a park has vinyl text on it. There are many reflections of the grass and park on the glass and the text says "you're allowed to touch this bit"
Site-responsive installation commissioned by MMIM FOR MAY MEET IN MUTUAL, 2014. Find out more about MMIM (Emma Reid & Katie Reid) here:
maymeetinmutual.com
eavesdropping, 2014
dimensions: variable (3 phrases installed around the Park Centre)
materials: white vinyl, glass window
The fragmented phrases point both towards new interpretations referencing the Park Centre, and back, hinting at their previous meaning. By taking overheard, spoken phrases, there is the potential for a change of meaning when dislocated from their original speaker and context.
eavesdropping is one of four site-responsive installations made for May Meet In Mutual:
Responding almost as much to the notion of site-responsiveness as to the particular site of May Meet In Mutual, Emma Reid installed a number of installations, which centre on the gesture of pointing; a simple gesture of communication and negotiation that often has both intended and unintended audiences. Some of the work was developed during the Micro-Residency, responding to the architecture of the glass-walled building as well as hoping to borrow playfulness from its proximity to the play park.
Simultaneously acting as invitations, provocations, and directions to the audience, the installations may be playful yet also hold a tension, which comes from the awareness of looking and of being seen. Like the glass walls of the Park Ranger Centre, which suggest openness and visibility, yet are obscured and fragmented by reflections and glares, we may look in, through, behind, and at our own reflections almost at once.

A glass wall of a building in a park. Near the bottom of the wall is vinyl text which says "I recognise that one"

Vinyl text on a glass walled building in a park says "I recognise that one"

A section of the glass walled building, near the roof, has vinyl text on it. The text reads "I like that"

A view from inside the glass-walled park building. Outside someone can be seen looking up at one of the vinyl phrases.

Other work from May Meet In Mutual exhibition:

pointing (postcards)
pink pillars
live-feed, Park Centre