Installations

BURST SOMEONE’S BUBBLE, 21 October 2014 in “Moo”, Brick Lane, at La tundra magazine  anniversary.

“Burst someone’s bubble” is an installation by Soledad Bustos that will only exist for a few hours. It needs the intervention of the spectator to prick the balloons and disclose the text written below. It wants to express the power held by words and poems while generating new thoughts and changes. It highlights the revolutionary quality of ideas as an intrinsic condition for humanity. Poetry enhances and transports the meaning of what it is said to an intangible and emotional reality, becoming often the ideal vehicle for our inventions and thoughts.

PINCHAR EL GLOBO21 octubre 2014 en “Moo”, Brick Lane, en el aniversario de la  revista La Tundra.

“Pinchar el Globo” es una instalación de Soledad Bustos que existirá solamente por unas horas. Exige la intervención del espectador, pinchando los globos, para descubrir el texto escrito debajo. Habla del poder de la palabra y la poesía para generar nuevos pensamientos y cambios. Resalta también la cualidad revolucionaria de las ideas como ejemplo y condición de humanidad.La poesía, enaltece y transporta el significado de lo que se dice, a una realidad intangible y emocionante, siendo muchas veces el vehículo ideal de nuestras invenciones y quimeras.

 

 

 

 

 

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS,acme studios,Oct.2012

Sweet smell of success is a piece firmly based in the tradition of ephemeral art, or as I like to call it, digestible art. It is therefore, an object that has been made to be consumed during the two days of the weekend-open studios, and that will disappear at the end of the event.

It is a piece that needs to be eaten to reveal the transcript written on the wall of the studio. The transcript is part of Rebekah Brook’s testimony at the Leveson Inquiry.

The demise of News of the World  brought to the spot line many  interesting subjects concerning the role of the press in relation with the political power,  the work of journalists that establish close ties with politicians, and how this association could corrupt and tarnish their job.

Rebekah Brooks was one of key figures that were called to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry. She defines in her account what journalism is and what her beliefs are concerning her work and career. She also gives an insightful record of her views about her readership and her part played in fighting for their interests and concerns.

Her statement is most revealing in exposing the perils and traps of a position of power. I could imagine that there is a permanent ethical discussion in her line of work, and I could also imagine how that debate became blurred as years went by.

 

Sweet smell of success wants to mirror with its brevity some of the news’ nature which is delivered to be consumed very fast and with no introspection or analysis. As for the choice of using sweets for the top layer of the piece, I happened to recall one of the meanings of  the word sweeten / to make sth more pleasant or acceptable. 3 ~ sb (up) to make sb more likely to help, agree, etc, eg by offering gifts. The definition fits like a glove the subject and spirit of this work.

In brief, the Leveson Inquiry hasn’t revealed anything new about the way some journalists work, and it is evident that there have always been cases of an unhealthy close relationship between press and politicians.

Nonetheless, the amazement at their actions still pervades when you read the transcripts; sadly, it is still possible to understand how difficult it might be to resist the glamour of power, and the corruption of their own petulant, patronising beliefs.

 

Thank you to everyone who took part in this event,

eating the sweets!

 

 

This is the text underneath the sweets

Q. Your full name please, Mrs Brooks?

A. Rebekah Mary Brooks.

Q.I’ll attempt a timeline of your career, Mrs Brooks. You joined News International on the Sunday magazine of the News of the World in 1989, is that right?

A. That’s right.

Q. Editor of The Sun, January, I think, 2003.

A. Yes.

Q. CEO of News International…you took up the job formally on 2 September 2009?

A. That’s correct, yes.

Q. …you’re under police investigation on the context of Operation Weeting, Operation Elveden, and also for allegedly perverting the course of justice, is that true?

A. It is.

Q. You say: “Tony Blair, his senior cabinet, advisers and press secretaries were a constant presence in my life…”

A. Mm.

Q. Why do you think that was?

A. I think they made sure it was, and I wasn’t unique in that. I think you have to look particularly at Alastair Campbell’s appointment. I mean, he came from being political editor of the Daily Mirror…Shall we say a shift change from the John Major government into trying to get as much access to the press as possible.

Q. …the impetu in your narrative is coming from the politicians, not from the press. Is it true that in exchange for supporting Blair, The Sun would often be the first to receive scoops…?

A. I’d like to think that we were the first to receive scoops, but I think that’s down to Trevor Kavanagh…

Q. Some of them were fed to you though, weren’t they?

A. Well, Trevor and I had some good sources.

Q….I’m going to come back to Mr. Cameron…It is said that he texted you at certain times, up to a dozen times a day.

A. No, thankfully.

Q.Okay. A handful times a day?

A. No…I mean it’s preposterous…I would text Mr. Cameron and vice-versa, on occasion, like a lot of people.

Q. Can you give us an idea of frequency?

A. Probably more…between January 2010, maybe…during the election campaign, maybe slightly more, but on average once a week.

Q. Did you regard it as part of your role… to build up friendships to politicians?

A. I think some friendships did occur,…but I don’t think I ever forgot I was a journalist…and they were a politician.

Q. Did you not understand that you did have a degree of personal power over politicians?

A. No. Again, I don’t see it like that…I believe and have believed throughout my career that…my main responsibility was to a readership, and that any influence that we could come to bear on their behalf or for their concerns was the most important thing…The Sun newspaper has in its history always done sort of quite dramatic endorsements. It’s like the paper. It’s strong, it’s punchy. It tells it as it is.

Q. Did you receive messages of commiseration or support from politicians in July 2011 in particular?

A. Some…I received some indirect messages from number 10, number 11, Home Office, Foreign Office.

Q. So, you’re talking about secretaries of state, Prime Minister, chancellor of Exchequer, obviously, aren’t you?

A. And also people who worked in those offices as well.

Q. Did you receive a message from Mr. Cameron…along these lines: “Sorry I could not have been as loyal to you as I have been, but Ed Milliband had me on the run”.

A. Similar, but again, very indirectly .

Q. Out of interest, do you happen to know how these messages do enter the public domain?

A. We have a very strong free press, who have great access to politicians, so…

Q. We may be coming back to that, but you can’t be of any more particularity than that, can you?

A. Journalists doing their job.

For the full transcript check:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/93242009/Full-Transcript-of-Rebekah-Brooks-Testimony-to-Leveson-Inquiry

to see more photos of the weekendhttp://solebustos.tumblr.com/

to read the article at La Tundra Magazine: http://sapodeotropozo.com.ar/ltm/?p=1337