LOBBYISTS

The lobbying industry in Brussels has ballooned in recent years, and has developed a key role in the functioning of the European Union. The artists studied historical and contemporary sources constructing the figure of the lobbyist, interviewed and filmed a variety of people associated with lobbyist associations and civilian ‘watchdog’ groups.
They commissioned British reporter Tamasin Cave to write an article on the subject, and worked with actress Caroline Dalton and the Icelandic reggae group Hjálmar to perform the text in a range of interwoven and interrupting styles. It is both sung and spoken over dub music, as a chanted speech and as though reading a story to a child. The video touches on different genres, juxtaposing imagery with a newspaper article vocalized to dub music, and throughout the work humor is used as a binding agent. These contrasting and sometimes alienating elements trigger the viewer´s active involvement and reflection on the subject of the work as well as on the work and medium itself. ’Lobbyists’ received third prize at the Dutch art prize Prix de Rome in 2009.
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