by Russell Stapleton
*** Psychiatrist: Russell Meares *** Private investigator: Warren
Mellard *** Buddhist: Caroline Ralston ***
Cultural theorist: Helen Grace *** Philosopher: John Ralston Saul *** On-line 'Geekgirl': Rosie Cross ***
*** Original music by Russell Stapleton *** Bass: Adam Armstrong
*** Drums: Toby Hall ***
Vocals: Pat Powell *** Vibes: David Smith ***
*** Production by Russell Stapleton and John Jacobs *** Reality Testing by Victoria Spence ***
Russell Stapleton whilst making "Personal Space". (photograph
copyright: Julia Morrell)
"How much of our 'self' can we keep to ourselves? How the world sees and hears us is often beyond our control. It's changing the way we deal with one another.
This quirky look at privacy, surveillance, communication and identity taps into the world of the psychiatrist and the private investigator, and intrudes on meditative and virtual space.
Technological advances are designed to bring us closer together, but as the image is magnified,each pixel tells us less about the whole. Ironically, in the hands of governments, business and the media, communications technology often causes alienation and paranoia.
The boundaries are shifting - between public and private, individual and community, curiosity and voyeurism. We construct multiple identities to cope with each reality. Occasionally ,the pressure drives us inside - into our homes, our rooms ,into our minds.
What's to be found inside our private spaces? Solutions to society's ills, or dark secrets best left alone?"