The title is a play on the word ”idol”, the costume drawing resembling an Ancient God figure watching us and referencing our cultures fascination for (idly) watching.

The Performance was made as a response to the high density of Surveillance cameras in the urban environment , referencing our cultures fascination for watching God figures (Celebrities) and our seduction by the printed / captured image. The performance moved from my home in Peckham, West along Peckham Road, up Rye lane into Peckham Rye (the site where William Blake saw his vision of angels in an oak tree).

“Idol Watching” also examined the process of Drawing / Mark making in relation to the environment, around and beyond two dimensions, involving movement of place, duration of time and selection of sound and imagery. Asking the question “How does drawing affect the environment and the environment affect drawing?”


"Today in London over 10,000 CCTV cameras, photograph each person in any outdoor, public, retail or transport area around 300 times every day."
-Justin Davenport, Tens of thousands of CCTV cameras, yet 80% of crime unsolved, Evening Standard.19.09.07. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article23412867details/Tens+of+thousands+of + CCTV+cameras,+yet+80%25+of+crime+unsolved/article.do
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