Sets out to protect the present and the future of life in Britain from their most dangerous enemy: a creeping takeover by the past. While the real economy crumbles, a new force is taking over: the Heritage Industry, a movement dedicated to turning the British Isles into one vast open-air museum.
For over five years Harrison documented and recorded information about nearly every aspect of her daily routine, amassing reams of data in the process. But these laborious, demanding and introverted processes took their toll. Something had to give. Ellie had to quit!
The book suggests new narratives about canonical artworks of the British Black Art movement, such as Lubaina Himid’s Freedom and Change, Eddie Chambers’ Destruction of the National Front and Sonia Boyce’s Lay Back Keep Quiet and Think of What Made Britain So Great, interrogating their critical agency from an art-historical perspective.
The book explores the textual work of Art & Language, Victor Burgin and others; the New Sculpture being produced by those such as Richard Long and Michael Craig-Martin; and the artists who addressed society and politics, including Stephen Willats and Margaret Harrison.
On the occasion of the eponymous exhibition, April-August 2016.
Commemorative Edition of Vaccum Days to mark the state funded funeral of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, available to download on the day of the funeral only, 17/04/2013.