after-party, in collaboration with Nghia Phung
This collaborative work references ‘stray objects’ that the artists have regularly observed in working class neighbourhoods. In such settings, these seemingly random domestic objects—such as a massage chair, a stationary bicycle, and even a parasol—appear to be abandoned, yet have actually been transformed into makeshift storage, shelter, or resting spaces outside of the home. Their presence in common areas defiantly disrupts the boundaries between public and private, but also possesses a secondary contradiction: their resourceful ‘owners’ must accept that the objects and their functions will always be the subject of surveillance, and may even be cleared away outright without warning. As a result, what might otherwise be a welcome space of respite for a resident or worker is also a precarious space of hostility. To explore the complex social dynamics of this phenomenon, the artists have constructed a dense landscape of secondhand objects and furniture, uncannily accented with readymades that heighten the theatricality of the original arrangements.