Making Progress called for revellers in the absurd, believers in dead pan and those who delight in art’s capacity for questioning accepted norms, to make their way to the canal banks of London as the artist became a white suited figurehead, attached to the bow of a barge as it wound its way through the waterways of London at 2 mph. The traditional use of these embellishments to signify the ship’s ferocity and strength was diminished and applied to a small barge. Intently pointing ahead, towards a questionably greater future, Costello’s idea of progress resided at several centimetres in front of his constantly pointed finger.
Inaugural Performance: Regents Park & Camden Lock
images: AK Purkiss
Mapping Making Progress: Keep Moving Forward
Day 2: City Road, Broadway Market & Victoria Park
Day 3: Old Ford Lock, The Cut, Olympic Stadium & Hackney Wick