Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Where Are We Now? interview with Candice Jacobs

Where Are We Now?

Candice Jacobs

I am an artist and curator currently living and working in Nottingham. Since 2005 I have co-founded and co-directed a number of artist-run projects. Many of my works incorporate sound, words and text, which are displayed after a process of manipulation. Conducting interviews with the intention of extracting information, working with situations linked to labour and work, marketing and advertising, and the re-appropriation of observations that are linked to a particular time and place, provide me with a structure where an awareness of self-doubt, futility, failure and boredom is applied in order to extract information from the process.

The Smell Of Freedom, 2010



What's new?

Herbert Marcuse, bookmarks, erasers, chairs, drawing, Arnold Schwarzenegger and British Politics.

Where are we now?
I can only comment on my own situation on this topic. I am currently one of 3 women who have a full-time studio at One Thorebsy Street, the other 12 artists are men. At Moot, I was the only woman involved in the curation of the project alongside 3 men. At university I was the only woman in our house, sharing with 5 men. Most of my friends from Nottingham are men. Nottingham apparently has the highest proportion of women to men. I went to an all girls school. I have one brother and one sister. I do not make work about being a woman, or about feminism.

What's to be done?
Gender equality will only be achieved when men start having babies.

Who's next?
Morag Keil

What are you looking forward to?
Bookmarks, The Study, Nottingham Contemporary, curated by Yelena Popova
Tarot, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, curated by Andrew Hunt & Haywood Touring

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