Outdoor Relief

sculpture performance

Stratford

2009

 

The term Outdoor Relief was formed as part of the Elizabethan Poor Law (1601) and stands for assistance with money, food and clothing given to alleviate poverty outside of an institution. It is equivalent to today’s Unemployment Benefit.The objects are based on studies of the movements involved in daily physical working routines (e.g. of a cleaner). Each sculpture functions as a simple ‘didactic’ tool that directs the user’s movement intuitively through form, surface material and colour. The interaction with the object thus prompts an unintentional performance of labour (e.g. cleaning). The objects were displayed in several locations in London.

 

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