Why Change a Lightbulb?

Haggerston Park, London, 2003
Postcard ephemera created to describe a performative action.

We were invited to participate in a group show based in a public park in Hackney East London with the premise to improve the public space through the delivery of a visible artwork. As opposed to the creation of a monumental and static object, we decided to create a silent and useful intervention that helped to maintain the parks function of keeping its visitors safe at night. We provided the funds for one of the main lamppost lightbulbs to be purchased by the council in the park the next time one blew. We created a postcard to describe the action using spot varnish that, in order to be read, must be turned towards the light. The postcards were left in the park and were available for people to use.