Hi Nigel - living statues in Covent Garden, Barcelona, Paris whatever... just *so* dull..agreed.
There's no room, no resonance in that form which is exactly the same in every detail that matters whatever it *looks like* & wherever it is carried out.
(In a sense it's small scale "theme-parkism" and that analysis, I think, is borne out by the very immediate cash nexus involved in the living statue thing)
There's something very different about this - connected with it's one-offness, the fact it is a created/enacted by a collective & also that it's entirely free of the above mentioned monetary aspects , as well as the anti market sub text I maintain is present (whether put there consciously or not).
For me, it is typologically related to the student 'Anti-Normalizer' project Brett Stallbaum posted on here awhile backhttp://rhizome.org/discuss/view/26527/#49096
- we reposted the vid of that on dvbloghttp://dvblog.org/?p=535
& thinking aloud then it struck me that there was something there very much in a line of descent from 68's ‘Sous les pavés, la plage!’ - it's no accident, as we old Trots love to say, that this kind of work, with its deeply utopian strain, is surfacing again now, in a time of increasing political and economic uncertainty...