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Toby Huddlestone [Videonale.14]

*1980 in Goole, GBR,  lives and works in London GBR
Studied at University of the West of England GBR


Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Sculpture/Bar/Performance, Enclave, London GBR [S]
         Young London, V22, London GBR
2011 We Are Grammar, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York USA
         Performances as Publishing, South London Gallery, London GBR
2010 I'm so Bored of Viewing..., The Engine Room, Wellington NZL [S]
         To appear to have done something can be more significant than having actually done it, R O O M,
         London GBR [S]
         Crosstalk Video Festival, Budapest HUN
2009 ON ON/Protest Apathy, Outlet, Manchester GBR [S]
         Sale, The Royal Standard Liverpool GBR
2008 Double Yes, Plan 9, Bristol GBR [S]




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Video Apathy, 2010, 7:24 min., Sound, Colour [Videonale.14]

Video Apathy is a history lesson on the last 60 years. With a large number of illustrations, the artist illuminates his chronologically structured analysis of political, historical and socio-historical events. He places the focus on the effectiveness and range of protests, rebellions and revolts with which the population and functionaries rebel against wars, political machinations, unemployment and social structures. Revolutions in the fields of music and fashion are also a sign of such protest movements. The compilation of historical images, and the rapid sequence in which they appear, causes events of the past to flash up, giving the video a strong suggestive power. The question arises: For what do people fight and protest nowadays? Reality TV and social media, a novelty in the 1990s, have now taken over the place of demonstrations and rebellions. VIPs are the new heroes of the nation. The artist reveals a society of indifference, indecision and powerlessness. With his political campaign “Apathy 2009” he casts an ironic eye upon these attitudes: A protest which addresses nobody, with excuses intended to justify not protesting. The viewer thinks about the past years and the artist invites him to take a position: “Is this our Vietnam? … You tell me!”

Natasche Priester

Toby Huddlestone