(Above: Amongst the crowds at 'NO SOUL FOR SALE' Tate Modern, May 2010. Photo courtesy Kevin Sykes)

'IMPERSONATING A PART-TIME POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER' 2007 - 2010
Fabricated uniform, scripted presentation, Q&A session

A performance piece where I am invited to attend an art event in my handmade approximation of a Police Community Support Officer uniform then give a talk to the gathered crowds pretending - or rather, lying - that I now support my art practice financially by working as one part-time. This is then followed by a question and answer session to guage the audience's reaction.

To date I have been asked to perform it three times. Most recently with i-cabin, onstage in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern during 'NO SOUL FOR SALE' curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Cecilia Alemani and Massimiliano Gioni, May 2010.

'Impersonating a Part-Time PCSO' was previously presented at Goldsmith College in February 2010 for the exhibition 'PERFORMANCE METRICS' curated by Elisa Kay and Shama Khanna and before that at Limehouse Town Hall, London in March 2007 for the one-day live event 'ITCHY PARK: DUALITY' curated by Eleanor Vonne Brown, Laura Lord and Emily Wardill who together originally commissioned the piece.

Above: 'IMPERSONATING A PART-TIME POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER' (3rd Version). Onstage at 'NO SOUL FOR SALE' Tate Modern, May 2010. Photo courtesy Kevin Sykes.

Above: Amongst the crowds at 'NO SOUL FOR SALE' Tate Modern, May 2010. Photo courtesy Kevin Sykes


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'IMPERSONATING A PART-TIME POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER' (2nd Version) Goldsmith's College, Feb 2010

(Above: At the private view for 'PERFORMANCE METRICS' curated by Elisa Kay and Shama Khanna, Goldsmiths College, London, Feb 2010. Photo courtesy Sophie Hope)
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(Above left: Detail of fabricated uniform, including new cycle helmet with printed decals. Photo courtesy Barry Sykes)
(Above right: At the private view for 'PERFORMANCE METRICS' answering more questions whilst keeping 'in character.' Photo courtesy Sophie Hope)



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'IMPERSONATING A PART-TIME POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER' (1st Version) Limehouse Town Hall, March 2007

(Above left: Photo courtesy Corinne Bannister)
(Remaining photos: At the live event 'ITCHY PARK: DUALITY' curated by Eleanor Vonne Brown, Laura Lord and Emily Wardill, Limehouse Town Hall, London, March 2007. Photos courtesy Angie Hicks)