The Way You Make Me Feel, 2005-2006, considers public manipulation and the spread of mass hysteria. The series depicts crowd behaviour in relation to one person’s influence over another. In the grids consisting of 100 black and white images I have tried to collapse time and place. Here it becomes difficult to decipher which event the provoked people are participating in. I compare images of hysterical Beatles and Michael Jackson fans, crazed AFL Football supporters, as we as participants at political rallies. This suggests that all people share similar inhibited desires and predispositions for frantic or uninhibited behaviours such as hysteria. 

Installation from Platform Contemporary Art Space

Melbourne, February, 2006

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