Kennedy Browne, 2 channel HD video projection, 7.34min, 2009

This work is one of a series commissioned for the Irish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale. It takes as its starting point Dublin as ‘the city Google chose’ for its EMEA* headquarters, and a recent statistic that the city is home to over 167 languages - what the Facebook corporation has described as a ‘multilingual pool’.

In this 2 channel video projection, a female protagonist performs a gestural response to a 1980 monologue by the influential neo-liberal economist, Milton Friedman, in which Friedman eulogises a humble pencil, describing how it exemplifies the harmonious potential of the free market economy to unite the peoples of the world through its manufacture and the operation of a global ‘impartial’ price system. Within the work, the protagonist continuously pares the pencil until all that remains is a ridiculous little stub. The actress for this work was selected through the process of audition as presented in the work 167(screentests).

The work was filmed on the top of Liberty Hall, Dublin’s tallest building and home to Ireland’s largest trade union. The performer was selected through an open audition process which took place in the building's theatre space against an ‘infinite white’ screen (see 167 (Screentests) ).
Performed by Indre Dambrauskaite.

*EMEA - Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Exhibited at:

The Irish Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale
Blue Collar Blues... at the Tallinn Kunstihoone, Estonia
Kennedy Browne at The Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Kennedy Browne at N.C.A.D. Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
IrelandVenice at the Golden Thread, Belfast, Northern Ireland