Bad Ideas Collective



The 17 videos included in this installation, displayed simultaneously across galleries 1 and 2, approach the subject of artistic failure or creative glitch in different ways. Each of them, as an account of an artwork that never came into being, documents a lost future.

Bad Ideas 1, 2, 4, 8, 11, 13, 14 and 16 focus on specific unrealised outcomes, sharing discarded concepts, contexts and motivations and reflecting on why these ideas never got past the planning stage.

Bad Ideas 3, 5, 9 and 10 are concerned with questions of process: how in general can we discern good ideas from bad? Are there certain circumstances where things are bound to go wrong?

Bad Ideas 6, 7, 12, 15 and 17 are more oblique or self-reflexive in tone – there is a hint that the video we are watching, the performance or act of disclosure it records, may itself be the bad idea.