Gap Fillers
2001
Whiteboard with ink: readymade taken from call centre. 90cm x 120cm. Unique object.
Commissioned by the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland.
   
   
 

Gap Fillers is a whiteboard taken from a functioning telephone call centre which contains a list of reassuring and familiar phrases for operators to say to customers during awkward gaps in conversation. Displaced from their business function, the scripts appear to relate to notions of transcendence and the void, whilst also reminding us that within our current era even silence, or moments of what we thought were human care, appear to be part of a commercialised framework.

Within exhibition contexts the work, which is has a baldly utilitarian aesthetic, usually appears out of place, as if an element from the gallery's administrative areas has escaped into the exhibition space.

 

Gap Fillers in situ in a call centre.