Pick My Pocket
Dana Lam, Tan Wee Lit, Joy Lee, Tania De Rozario, Hazel Lim
When: 02 Mar 2004 (Tue), 6.00 AM - 31 Mar 2004 (Wed), 12.00 AM at the
Citylink Showcase, Esplanade
Pockets, associated mainly as functional extensions of the clothes we wear,
often house the simplest objects. These objects however, are narrative of their
carrierís lives. Keys unlock doors that lead into homes, wallets contain proof
of oneís identity, handphones connect their owners to loved ones miles away. The
pocket, a simple piece of cloth sewn on to make room for convenience, inevitable
becomes a space for possessions personal to oneself. It creates a literal
barrier between oneís body and the world, letting only the hand that wishes to
extract these possessions into its private space.
Donít pick my pocket is a playful take on the notion of these hidden spaces; a
physical analogy paralleling the many ways which human beings keep secret their
most private thoughts feelings and anormalies; how so many of these are embodied
in objects and how skilfully (or unskilfully) they are kept. Visually, it plays
on notions of suggestion and invites viewers to come to their own conclusion of
the pockets on display.
What happens when a private space is re-appropriated for public viewing? Does it
lose its function? Does it become displaced?
Can one be accused of picking a pocket left open for mass display?