Resurfacing Consensus

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Description: For a period of one month, the Action Researcher/Performer used white paint to cover over the faces displayed on billboard posters in Kings Cross.  Whenever the posters were updated (which happened to be very frequently), she would return to the site to paint over the new advertisements.  The local homeless community described a feeling of anonymity and sense of being ‘faceless’ in this increasingly gentrified neighbourhood.  Consequently, by painting the faces of these advertising personalities, the Action Researcher/Performer replicated this form of identity removal.  On one occasion, the people who installed these posters saw the Action Researcher/Performer start painting over their freshly adhered advertising images and exclaimed: "every time you cover their faces, we have to return and put new posters up, so can you stop doing that!"  


© Astra Howard 2014