This piece is a video of a performance by
the artist held at Speakers' Corner, London in the midst of
the traditional Sunday mayhem of speakers and onlookers. Dressed
in a smart business suit, the artist gives a skills workshop
on successful corporate-style communication. The video records
her impassioned performance as well as the reactions of the
temporary crowd of onlookers.
Speaker's Corner has a long history in the
public imagination, whether as a popular site for political
demonstrations or as a symbol for unregulated free speech. It
is a location renowned for entertainment, madness, and outrage,
but particularly for extremes of religious or political belief.
Today it appears somewhat an anachronism, with the almost biblical
feeling of a souk. Passion, anger and laughter run high among
this temporary community. Emotion and conviction are on the
surface in a rather unfashionable way: this is not the apathy
or irony of the times. Yet despite this sense of a backwards
connection with history, the site is a model for the sort of
free speech supposedly so central to the 'information age'.
Communication flows freely here, without the mediation of machines.
Everything You've Heard
is Wrong - production still