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Candice Jacobs

Residency Artist 2013/14


Residency dates: 30 September – 8 November 2013
Work Bitch: Thursday 30 October 2013

Candice Jacobs explores the meaninglessness of aspiration within affective labour and cognitive capital frameworks. Looking at ideas of collectivity via advertising, the television, the Internet and the workplace, Jacobs uses repetition, futility and boredom to highlight power structures and gender within autobiographical bureaucratic and corporate value systems.

During her residency Candice receieved studio visits from Kirsty Ogg (Whitechapel Gallery), Katie Guggenheim (Chisenhale),Nigel Dunkley (Carlos / Ishikawa), Ben Cook (LUX) and Paul Pieroni (SPACE)

Other visitors included Attilia Fattori Franchini ( & Paradise Row), Dave Hoyland (Seventeen Gallery), Lisa Le Feuvre (Henry Moore Institue), Astird Koorperaal (Almanac), Joe Fletcher Orr (Cactus), Milika Muritu (Cell Projects Space).

Candice produced a new body of work during her time at Standpoint including a video work entitled Yeah Yeah Yeah. 2013, which was presented during her final event and one night exhibition' Work BITCH' in the gallery space at Standpoint.

On the 27th October, a structured experience and conversation developed by Candice Jacobs took place within an executive hotel suite for a selected group of artists and curators including: Attilia Fattori Franchini, Paul Purgas, Majed Aslam and Joey Holder. Taking influence from the interior architecture of the hotel suite, a selected colour palette, electronic music, food and drink were used to generate a discussion that explores the immediate social, political and collective contexts and positions located within the work of Jacobs.

The event was documented in order to produce visual and audio content that located itself somewhere between mindless act and subconscious collective feedback loop, the results of which were displayed in the gallery space.

The hospitality (prawn cocktail crisps, G&T 'disco cocktail' in designer plastic bottles) and motifs (T shirts, the studio lighting effects) acted as echoes of the hotel event in the gallery space.

CD's were free to take away as a souvenir and included a DJ set by Paul Purgas in the hotel suite using the Roland 909 drum machine typical of 90s rave culture, the film displayed in the gallery also includes audio from this mix but from later on in the evening in the hotel.

Three texts were discussed in the hotel suite: Listen to Britney Spears - work is the new religion, in the Guardian 7 October 2013 by Federico Campagna; The cult of hard work has a sideline in partying till you drop. Who needs fulfilment or control over our destiny?; Resonance FM, Novaramedia, "The Crapulent Moronism of Will Hutton Or On Automation”, 22 May 2013 (1:00:00) Aaron Peters and James Butler discuss automation, value, the secular crisis and the society of work: 05/ the-crapulent-moronism-of-will- hutton-or-on-automation; and Understanding Media, The Extensions Of Man, Marshall McCluhan: 4. The Gadget Lover - Narcissus as Narcosis, 1964.