Spare Room (2014)
From the cavernous vaults of Toxteth Reservoir, Adam Chodzko presents a performance: a talk, about space, materials and desire, a proposition set in the future, that draws together Liverpool Docks’ (specifically, Peel Ports’) plans for massive expansion in order to attain a greater role in global cargo shipping, together with the reality of shrinking domestic space, clipping in video games, a modified IKEA wardrobe and the sole of a Nike trainer.
Chodzko traces the assumptions and contradictions inherent in relentless infrastructural expansion and brings these speculative logistics into collision with our domestic material realities, the present economics that determine this and between these relationships explores the psychological sense of space that might emerge from them. Developing his ongoing ideas surrounding human behaviour’s forming through dissolution, flow and exchange as well as proposing a radical shift in how art might be made in the future Chodzko moves his narrative between fact and fantasy. With two ships rats giving guidance from a screen and with the artist eventually speaking from inside a wardrobe adapted into clothing, Chodzko evolves the conclusion that, for most of us, our affordable domestic space will contract to the point of having to physically disappear into the materials that we seem to think that we need to possess. Equally, the lack of space for increasing imported supplies of goods renders the Peel Port expansion a project without a true demand and therefore must exist instead as one of the world’s largest pieces of Land Art.
Originally performed: 2nd October 2014.
Part of Thinking City, a programme of artist-led events that take place in private and public spaces across Liverpool. Thinking City is a collaboration between Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.