Join us for the latest performance by artist, and Assembly House, studio holder, Glen Ogden. The performance was filmed in our project space and also features artist Tom Newhouse. Find out more about the video below, and check out the other artworks in this series on his instagram @glenthemaker
"After You, Volume 2 (2021) consists of two performers resuming their roles as our laboursome protagonists, isolated from the world inside of a 6ft tall cube composed of 8 panes of acetate. They mimic the actions of window wipers, working tirelessly to fulfil an impossible chore with an abundance of enthusiasm and drive for the enduring task at hand.
The cube serves as a physical barrier between performer and viewer and refers to the workers as somewhat of a caged animal at a zoo, exploring the boundaries between work and theatre through entertainment, amusement, and a commercial focusses. This parallel is only deepened by the repetitive essence and cyclical orbiting inherent in the piece, drawing attention to work as our existence, adjusting our body clocks to the needs of our jobs and employers; taking priority over the sun and natural rhythms of the day.
Window wipers move from window to window; After You, Volume 2 operates in specified parameters, allowing for the output of the futile process to gather at the feet of the performers as a physical measurement of progression. Obvious in the performance is the notion of exaggerated emotional labour, through the embodiment of the workers boisterous personas and mannerisms.
The performers put on a show where the visual aesthetic of synchronicity creates a contrast with the mundanity of work; cumulatively delivering an overwhelming sense of exhaustion within the satirical cycle. The cold and isolated working environment translate as this farming of forced human labour, referencing the worker as the battery for the maintenance and development of society."