PROGRESS

Belfast, Northern Ireland : 1980

Installed for one working day in the foyer of the Art and Design Centre.

1980


 

Composed of drawing board with writing, a sheet of paper reading “PROGRESS” and a ‘runner’ or wheelchair wheel, this installation reframed a text that had been published by MacLennan for a catalogue that same year. Placed on the floor, the now handwritten text read:

“We’ve been educated to analyse relationships within arbitrary fragments of whole systems, but not to experience underlying unities within these. We conceive of freedom as a relative condition dependent on positions within political, social and economic structures.
The freedom is not real.

With the world at our feet we drown in a puddle. True freedom is unconditioned and unconditional. The fastest runner leaves no trace.”