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Mathew Parkin – This is just for you, 2015  Edited and looped karaoke video for Donna Summer’s ‘Love To Love You Baby’ (1975).
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This is just for you, 2015 Edited and looped karaoke video for Donna Summer’s ‘Love To Love You Baby’ (1975).
By Mathew Parkin
This is just for you operates as a meme to the distribution of culture through the replication of a fragment of language. This fragment carries with it the lusty desire of Donna Summer’s original song, but only if you are aware of the original song. It is a coded language, coded in the camp of disco. The looped karaoke video takes you through the lyrics.  With each performance of the song, the meaning gets further removed as each performer expresses their own feelings or lusts. My work explores my subjective relationships and positions and what forms of culture can be exploited to construct an identity. I am aiming to make work that is slippery, gestured and emotional. I have concentrated on exhibition making, as a process of making relationships and ideas public, in many different formats. This can involve production of spatial exhibitions, texts, images, films, programming, objects, and digital spaces. I am looking at how art has become a leisure activity, and the importance of leisure activity (browsing the internet, cooking for people etc.) as a space for cultural and political work. Roles in the production and dissemination of imagery are part of this, in the differences between being a user, owner and author of an image, concept, or form. Recent projects have included a commission for one of One Thoresby Street's Social Events; 45683968, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK (2014); The Generation Game, Luton, UK (2015); £1 Fish, S1, Sheffield, UK (2014); Still Wearing Each Other When Alone, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, USA (2014); Power up, Salt+Powell, York, UK (2014); One Touch, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, UK (2013); but it could be a levi’s advert, Flatfile, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK (2013); Performance Fetish, SWG3, Glasgow, UK (2013); LAN Party, Two Queens, Leicester, UK (2013); When Passive Aggressive Strategies Fail to Get Results, Supercollider, Blackpool, UK (2012); and Dovble Trovble, CCA, Glasgow, UK (2012).