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EXIT is the first artwork made available worldwide to own via iTunes LP.
click here to watch a recording of the live webcast where Stuart announces the project:
HD video art piece
Interactive comic book
Giant print at home art
Behind the scenes audio
Standard 4 track audio EP
This iTunes LP is only for use on a Mac or PC with iTunes 9 or later
Interactive experience not compatible with iOS devices (iPhone/iPad)
What is EXIT?
Exit is an allegorical take on an artist’s escape from an introverted artworld into the real world. The story unfolds by following the coming of age of a young girl who plans her escape from a suburban enclave. The girl creates banana slippers (a technological tool that give her the ability to run from her confines). She carries the nostalgia of her youth with her in a little wooden box, however it quickly becomes obsolete.
With her new found freedom comes a huge responsibility and a dialogue between adult responsibility and childhood naivety ensues. This is characterized by her headdress, at once beautiful and attention grabbing, whilst also being a burden on her adventure.
The piece progresses through the dark ages of hedonism, where her playful freedom seems to last forever, yet ultimately has no end. Finally it concludes to deal with the issue of ownership and objectification. Our lead (now a woman), becomes owned by the world she was desperate to attain. We view a death scene, where she becomes a ‘cut-out-and keep girl’, literally becoming a static artwork as a human canvas. An object created only for ownership, she is an art object in her own right. It’s a direct statement about the art image, who owns it, how it’s contained, how it’s transmitted and ultimately how reproduction in normal cases reduces it’s power.
The work ends with a hopeful liberation as the girl sets fire to her headdress at the edge of the earth, she stares out to sea and forever is a possibility.
In essence the work is about the art object seeking ways to liberate itself. It questions who created it. In a spiritual sense it asks if there is an element of free will or pre-determination between ourselves and a creator. It begs the question of what would happen if the art object were set free from it’s usual distribution mechanisms and commercial shackles.