Follow The Protest

Follow the Protest, 2009. Audio recordings, call centre software, direct dial telephone connection, telephone, chair, table.
Part of Speech Acts, 2009, a series of works on a telephonic theme. Commissioned by the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis

 

Follow the Protest uses a call centre interface to offer recordings of interviews and other sounds recorded by the artist at the G20 protests in London in April 2009. The piece contrasts the architecture and aural experience of the typical corporate interface with the sound, passion and ‘liveness’ of direct action protest. The recordings include various protest chants, speeches and interviews with a variety of attendees, including a TV journalist, a protest organiser and local workers from an investment bank.