‘If art is what we do and culture is what is done to us – what would culture do to us if art is what we didn’t do?’ Keith Arnatt

This project involves a collaboration between a student from the art school and a student from the film school. I have invited film critic and artist Andy Rector to present his work in this exhibition space allocated to art students like myself. Rector works on the intersection of film history, film criticism, and social history through the juxtaposition and collaging of filmic matter. Rector addresses issues of power (major and minor), fear, and the presence of police in the cinema.

Rejecting to show my work and instead showing the work of another artist is to provide visibility to a student who may not be able to continue in the course. School grants are not always enough, especially if you have no family fortune or must embark on a high interest four-year loan to study in a private school. Students pay exorbitant amounts of money to study in the U.S. The same applies to other social institutions which are increasingly being made private.

The future is not smiling and choices have to be made. I am interested in what ideas of authorship and ownership represent today through the representation and affectation of human relations. What is the social weight of visibility and invisibility? What is more present: visibility or invisibility? What are the social implications of this change to visibility or invisibility, including the choice, or force, to go under the cloak? To study here is to gain visibility in a system that nurtures the work. To quit and leave is to go undercover, to move in secret, to maybe become invisible - with all the others. I am interested in what ideas of authorship and ownership represent today through the representation and affectation of human relations. What is the social weight of visibility and invisibility? What is more present: visibility or invisibility? What are the social implications of this change to visibility or invisibility, including the choice, or force, to go under the cloak? To study here is to gain visibility in a system that nurtures the work. To quit and leave is to go undercover, to move in secret, to maybe become invisible - with all the others.

A CITIZEN'S ARREST an feature film and installation by Andy Rector at CalArts - California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, USA. 2014

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