30.05.2018 - 02.06.2018 - ‘The Revolution of Everyday Life’ (2018) Long Division Festival, Wakefield.
Fifty years ago, the streets of Paris were covered with posters created by art students to fuel the revolutionary protests of May-June,1968. As a prelude to their forthcoming artistic performance as part of the Long Division festival, the artist’s collective @.ac (www.attackdotorg.com) will be flyposting various sites across the city of Wakefield with images that attempt to bring Wakefield in 2018 and the Paris of 1968 into a radical dialogue, via the seductive power of Rock ‘n’ Roll. These posters will recirculate original images from the ‘French May’ around the streets and walls of Wakefield, posted in arrangements designed to evoke the activist art of the 1960s, particularly the work of the French artist Daniel Buren. At the same time, these poster-interventions are also designed to connote the aesthetic of the guerrilla marketing of rock ‘n’ roll gigs on the walls of music venues and city streets. Fragments of song lyrics from 1968 should be recognisable within these poster works, emphasising the continuing revolutionary potential of youth culture, particularly popular music. This is not which is not intended as a nostalgic lament for a lost revolutionary zeitgeist, but as a catalyst for a critical debate about politics and Wakefield today. In dedication to the recently published ‘Manifesto for a New Wakefield’ these poster works also are an homage to the long forgotten, but influential, local activist band, the Wakefield Revolutionary Force.