Destination Dover, Pebbles Kiosk, The Port of Dover and DAD working together made it possible for artist Daniel Dressel to present his Twilight Event at Pebbles Kiosk on the 25th of August 2019 on Dover’s Sea Front. He showed his work JETWASH / 5min / 360° in a public space for the first time. The work explores questions of privilege, migration and borders and features his van, which has been his home and studio for almost four years. The video work was projected from his van onto the Pebbles Kiosk wall .
Someone once asked me: Where is home?
I don’t know. But in the past I often asked myself: Is it possible to get lost if you don’t know where you are going?
Even though I still have no answer to this question, I know now that the question comes on the one hand from a sense of helplessness when faced with the disparity of the world, on the other hand from an experienced lack of power toward systems that are beyond our control. Yet on the other hand I also like this question because it is romantic: It indicates a sense of ‘longing’. As such the question contains a fantasy that wants to influence and change the present moment. In that sense, maybe ‘to get lost’ means to interfere with the structure of the world in order to move toward a different future. Can ‘home’ be located there too?
Throughout our lives we build relationships with various people. Every day we participate in social interactions that are framed by different sets of rules: the laws of a society, of finance and economy, the rules of the family and of the nation, religion and the informal rules of a specific neighbourhood.
Often, especially in times of crisis, rules collide with the actions of an individual or with the needs of a minority. How these conflicts are resolved most often comes down to questions of privilege and power. Thus, I think it is important to reflect on the conditions and the networks that define us as ‘individual’ and that identify us as ‘community’ in order to point out the areas where these definitions become problematic.
Maybe you have heard this statement before: “This is just the way we do things here! We have always done it like that.”
I wonder: To which extent is it necessary to embrace these rules? And is it possible to find a more positive outlook toward the future in a changed sense of ‘togetherness’? Daniel Dressel 17.05.2019:
The event, on one of the hottest evenings of the year, was well attended by artists from Dover, as well as casual onlookers out for an evening stroll. It was a thought-provoking evening with engaging discussions.
“It was wonderful to have Daniel’s event, with its focus on ‘where is home’, and be amongst other artists on the evening that most of those present had heard the shocking news, a few hours earlier, that the Dover Banksy Painting had been painted over in white.” Joanna Jones (DAD)
“Really enjoyed talking to Daniel about ideas about labour and the value of labour, migration and his approach to film making. It was so good to see and talk to so many of Dover’s artists at the event” Clare Smith (DAD)
“I had very interesting conversations with quite a few visitors, not only with artists from Dover but also with passers-by who stopped to ask questions. It was a wonderful evening. Thanks to all of you for your kind support. I am really happy that it all worked out!” Daniel Dressel