How Are You Today, 27 February 2005

‘Somewhere, Someone is Doing Something’*


If I was asked what my best piece of work has ever been, it would be this. It was my BA degree show. My desire was to show a little slice of the world in ‘real time’, and to encourage the viewer to consider what is happening around the world, now, as they stand in front of the work.

Video piece, 5 looped 9 minute videos with sound running simultaneously.

At precisely the same time – between 05.00 and 06.00 GMT, on 27 February 2005, I and four collaborators, in a total of 5 different continents, filmed people as they passed by, asking them ‘How is/was you day today”.

Times Square, New York filmed at 12 midnight local time, Luton airport, England at 6am local time, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa at 9am local time, Hong Kong city, Hong Kong at 1pm local time and Brisbane, Australia at 3pm local time.

Below is a portfolio version of all the films. 5 monitors playing 5 looped, 9 minute videos. Unfortunately I can’t produce 5 monitors for you, but I hope you get the idea.

*Thanks to the book title by Yasmine Yim and Jari Lager.