‘It’s the end of the world as we know it’ by R.E.M begins playing in my head as I enter Carroll/Fletcher.
Party Booby Trap begins with Common Era (2016), 16 posters proclaiming the predictions by historical figures and thought leaders. And Bob Geldolf.
The colourful, stencil font is child-like. Is predicting the future childish? Child’s play even? Similar to a child predicting what they want to be when they are older. You take these with a pinch of salt. I’d be interested in knowing how many people have predicted correctly.
Thomson & Craighead’s the war on terror (2016) features a play on words and anagrams beginning with ‘war hero torrent’, moving through related topics to this before coming full circle with ‘war on terrorism’.
My personal favourite of Party Booby Trap was Help Yourself (2016). A series of self help tapes are accessible via soundboard. Simply plug and play and you can be anything you want to be, everything from creative genius to super positivity. Help Yourself highlights society’s need to correct flaws, the many at that, and the constant fight to be a better person.
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Tues – Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 11am – 6pm