I looked into the word ‘legacy’ recently and had some thoughts.
It seems to be a word that is thrown about a lot in relation to the Commonwealth Games, as well as things like the Olympics, City of Culture and even GI, but through simply reading its synonyms and associated words, it seems to be related to the upper class and rich.
They all have connotations of something being passed down from a position of power, and more than likely to someone else who can then take on that power.
This doesn’t really sound like the legacy is going to be left to the working class people of Dalmarnock, or Bridgeton or anyone working class across the city, then.
It will be left to private business, they will be left the land; to build on and raise rent prices, accommodating the middle class and business sector, leaving people such as Margaret Jaconelli nothing.
To be honest some of the words make me feel quite sick, ‘birthright’ in relation to things like money and property sounds horrible. ‘Patrimony’ is completely outdated, and although these words have not been used by GCC, I feel they are somehow involved in the way they are going about this.
Having had my tutorial today, I feel I need to move into making a little bit more for the project. I have spent a fair bit of time researching the politics, social and historical side of the East End, namely Dalmarnock and Bridgeton, and the repercussions the Commonwealth Games are having (although I still feel I do not know nearly enough). But I haven’t spent that time making so far.
I went into the studio one evening recently, and just did some drawings and collage work to see where it would take me and created some little books that combined cut up images of the demolished red road flats as well as youtube comments, from video’s of the flats being blown up. This has led to some more drawings and collage work, as well as a little animation
I find youtube comments really interesting, as their is a certain anonymity to the internet, and people seem to feel less restricted in saying what they think. This can lead to trolling and horrible things being said, but it can also bring out really touching comments about people’s past.
I have had concerns with how to approach this subject, in terms of really getting to know the area i am looking at, and not just creating artwork that has no relevance to the people that live there or that isn’t sensitive to the history of the area. However this has maybe stopped me making work a bit and so i am trying to just make some stuff and then i can bring these thoughts to it after its made.