26 June 2006

Traffic Warden Dreams

From the month of February onwards I began to develop a completely idealistic vision of what taking part in 'Part-time' might entail. I had many conversations with Steven about the sort of jobs I'd like to take on. I first thought about becoming a Traffic Warden - I liked the idea of being outside, in an independent role, having a uniform, gadgets on a utility belt, patrolling the town and performing vindictive acts against as many car owners I could find. It would be heaven.

I imagined that, should I be able to work in this role for four weeks, I would happily create an artwork in relation to my experience. I had in mind a subtle 'street sculpture' that would change each day dependant on the number of cars that I caught and gave tickets to. I imagined for example, using a set of street railings as a makeshift bar chart. Positioning a polystyrene cup (or whatever litter I could find) over the top of the railing representing (on the x axis) the number of cars caught.

The street sculpture could then be photographed on a daily basis from the same position and animated. Either on the pages of the publication (like a flick book) or digitally on the web. I liked the idea that this 'street sculpture' would show the fluctuating levels of success of the work of the Traffic Warden to those who knew the secret code, but to passers-by would go completely unnoticed.

I still like this idea very much, but several things have happened over the course of the last few months which now make seem unrealistic and also less relevant.

The first of these was a result of Steven's investigations into the hiring of Traffic Wardens in Nottingham City. Unfortunately it appeared that Traffic Wardens in Nottingham do not work part-time. The brief from Prime was to spend 20 hours a week in employment and to use the rest of the time to produce artwork in relation to the work. Therefore the 30-odd hours a week required by the Traffic Warden work would be too much.