Gunbox 2006

The artwork consisted of a GUNBOX; a device used for security, particularly on farms. It is attached to the farm gate, and in case a trespasser steps onto the gate to try enter the property an empty bullet is fired. A warning sign that a disruptive event will occur was placed on a pillar in the gallery prior to the opening for the audience to see.

The gunshot was fired during the opening and the artist recorded the intense and abrupt initial reaction of the audience.

The abrupt intense fright also parallels the experience of violence and crime; unexpected, sudden and most often traumatising.

Edited by Lauren Louise Hammond