[December 11th 2020]
The eking out and portioning of a person’s life into dates and hours has long become associated with labour, working hours imposed as a fundamental structure of control. The simple phrase ‘free time’ suggests some fundamental link between liberty and temporality – to gain time is to gain freedom – and the rise of hourly rates of pay and zero-hours contracts make it clear that workers are not paid for the true value of their labour; rather, they sell that most precious commodity-unit, time. Codifying the essentially arbitrary process of objectifying time into saleable components as a fundamental tenet of human existence
Eddie Peake, The Forever Loop, The Barbican, 2016
The Forever Loop presented a choreographed, looped performance that wove in and out of synchronisation with a video of past performances, a home movie from his childhood and a film shot at the studio of koollondon.com.
Set against a backdrop of maze-like, plastered wall structures that framed both the viewer and performer to a raised scaffold walkway, the performers moved in and out of the spaces taking the viewer on a dramatic journey, while a sheer suited roller skater moved fluidly through the space.
The space was populated with surreal objects including a cast of Perspex bears, brightly coloured whale bones, a metal figure with an acrylic box head filled with autobiographical items, as well as delicate bronze pipettes nestled on shelves with plaster sculptures.