This is Private.
Recently, Mr & Mrs Clark have collaborated with Bosch on a project that is taking on multiple forms in the fair city of Newport & beyond. This developmental project is called ‘Smash It Up’ or SIU for short and has so far seen street performances taking place in Newport city centre.
Today (17th July 14) saw team Smash It Up walk a circuit of the current building works that have taken over Newport’s city centre with all it’s crashing, banging & smashing of heavy plant machinery all day everyday in the name of bring us the ultimate shopping experience. One that we had no say in, nor can we afford to support, given that we already have a new style city centre of sorts over in Spytty. The team walked the perimeter of the building works carrying a massive sign that I made for them quick like that had ‘This Is Private’ emblazoned across the front of it, stopping at a number of intervals on the circuit in order to let the message soak in. Refusing to speak to anybody whatsoever, they then made a pass through the Kingsway shopping centre, which incidentally, is privately owned. Below are some photographs of the event, with captions taken from the Smash It Up Facebook page.
‘SIU Cultural Conservationist introduce the second performance from their campaign SMASH IT UP. This Is Private asks the audience to consider what the difference between public and private is. A seemingly simple task becomes more difficult when boundaries are crossed.’
The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 made it easier for local authorities, working with developers, to force the sale of properties on land earmarked for “regeneration”, evicting people from their homes and building new homes for richer people.
Britain’s streets have been transformed by the construction of new property – but it’s owned by private corporations, designed for profit and watched over by CCTV. Have these gleaming business districts, mega malls and gated developments led to ‘regeneration’, or have they intensified social divisions and made us more fearful of each other?’ Anna Minton: Ground Control
‘Carrying a sign that says THIS IS PRIVATE through a private shopping centre eventually became unacceptable….. as we were warned that it was private property. That was our point exactly but this vow of silence seems to make those with authority seem somewhat undermined. We are not welcome back. One of the G4S security guards was very aggressive’.
You can find out more about this project on the Smash It Up Facebook page:
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