If you haven't been announced, don't come in (2015)
In 1929 Mayakovsky wrote what would be the last in a series of five plays, a matter of months before his suicide in 1930. In his final play The Bathhouse Mayakovsky openly ridiculed the Communist Party administration using the principle of the emperor’s new clothes through an invisible time machine. Although the time machine was the central component to the play, his commentary on the bureaucratization of the Soviet state was the plays main thematic. The constant pun of red tape, or waiting in line, was criticism that cut close to the bone.
This performance and installation If you haven’t been announced, don’t come in, is the second in a series of five works re-interpreting Mayakovsky’s plays. The commentary on the Soviet State has been changed to one on the Capitalistic Conservative society the UK finds it’s self in today. Switching Mayakovsky’s time machine for an ATM the performance comments on the economic banking collapse and the idiocy of the current political system. The new version of the play not only replaces significant objects but it also de-constructs the characters in the play, replacing Russian officials with members of the Conservative party, and personifying players in the financial crash such as FTSE100 and Northern Rock. In this way the performance aims to be a criticism of today’s government and bureaucratic system.
Performed with: Sarah Fortes Mayer, Anna Phillips, Kate Spence Tadas Stalyga
Photography: Greg Milner