David Blackmore will be making a participatory artwork that aims to challenge notions of national identity – using transnational European identity as an alternative.
Consisting of a discussion with participants and deconstructive acts MOCA will become a space for debate and transgression. Dependent upon members of the public taking part by working with their own passport covers European Pa55port will instigate, develop and maintain a conversation surrounding the relevance of national and European identity as BREXIT approaches.
In February 2016, in the run up to the UK’s referendum on membership of the EU, Blackmore wrote to the European Commission requesting a non-nation specific European passport, in return for which he was willing to revoke both his Irish and British citizenships.
The request was declined, in writing seven months later ‘because such a passport does not exist’. In response to this reply, Blackmore removed the national emblems from both his Irish and British passports the process of which was recorded and disseminated through a dedicated website www.europeanpa55port.com .
The work has evolved into a relational piece in collaboration with members of the public. Following a discussion with participants exploring the meaning of national identity using European identity as a counterpoint. Using erasers willing individuals will rub away the national emblem from the cover of their passport.
European Pa55port has featured previously at re:publica’s Dublin and Berlin conferences on Digital Culture and European society and presented at Rem Koolhaas / Wolfgang Tillmans EuroLab conference in June 2018. David is currently mid-way through a two year studio residency at Chisenhale Studios and Honorary Research Associate at the Slade School of Fine Art researching Protest. A recent work by Blackmore was accessioned to the British Museum’;s collection and features as part of I-Object: 100 objects of dissent which runs until January 2019.