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Michael Landy: An artist who literally puts his life into his work

Michael Landy, talked about his work for (Artangel, 2001) “Breakdown” in which he meticulously catalogued every one of his posessions and had them shredded in the site of the former C&A clothes store on Oxford Street. This experience fueled his subsequent work for The Underground called “Acts of Kindness” in which he found ways of displaying a record of random and small acts of kindness that connect strangers .

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“Acts Of Kindness” London Underground Michael Landy.

He has also worked on “Semi-Detached” in which he made a life size sculpture replicating his family home. He alsomade  work honing in on interior details of the home that pertained to his family relationships. He has furthered this work in drawings of his family which have been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. He spoke about his father who had been a Miner, and had made drawings of his father’sin the latter part of his life, which in someway made reference to the cost of mining in health terms to his own father. He spoke about how much his father loved being a Miner. Michael Landy has an honesty within his work that challenges our contemporary culture and lifestyle  and anchors himself and therefore us in the recent commercial led society.  

Artist’s Identity

I wanted to put across the Identity of the Artist, in a way that we may take for granted, in terms of our senses. In this way, rather than a visual Artistic stimulus, I have put out each Artist’s Identity in terms of the sound of their Walk, within University daily life, in the Walgrave corridors. After, all each person’s walk is unique to themselves, and tells its own story. I hope you enjoy listening, as much as I enjoyed the experience.  I have left in the odd voice and comment and door closure, which I think sets the walks within the context of the everyday Artistic life and sounds that surround the Artist in his/her stride.

Adele’s Walk 

Ali’s Walk

Brenda’s Walk

Billy’s Walk

Craig’s Walk

Emma’s Walk

Fatma’s Walk

Jodie’s Walk

Marlene’s Walk

Maureen’s Walk

Rob’s Walk

Ruby’s Walk

Sharon’s Walk