'We Remember It For You Wholesale'
Fiona Connor, Elif Erkan, Joshua Petherick, Lewis Fidock, Stephen Little
3-parts presented by Sydney & fiction writer S.T. Lore.
Offsite @ The Commercial Travellers Association Australia MLC Centre Martin Place
17 May, 2017 (online)
This exhibition migrates between the CTA Business Hotel, Minerva, and Sydney nodding to the objects once peddled by travelling sales employees. Adopting modernist orthodoxies and bureaucratic associations from times past, in 2014 S.T. Lore became an annual member of the Commercial Traveller’s Association in Martin Place in order to have free-reign of the building space to write his surreal fiction. His short story ‘Best Seller’ is used as a framework for a Sydney offsite exhibition. Disturbing replications of hotel fixtures — a video, photograph, noticeboards, vacuum cleaner, piping, soap, slippers, and bedwear — appear to meld into the hotel surroundings but also nod to a bio-mechanical invasion of people past and present ...
BEST SELLER [Part One] by S.T. LORE
WHENEVER and WHEREVER he appears the obscenely large nose of Mr. Hans Albers (a Senior Executive with International Marketing Firm MANIFOLD DOCUMENTS GROUP) stabs forward in a V-shaped profile. Using this powerful genetic beak (featuring a slight hump and flared nostrils) like a hunting arrow, like a stealth bomber, like a hawk at noon, his eyeballs are directed toward their latest objective.
For fifteen years now, Hans has successfully navigated the global advertising sector: jostling tenders, renewing contracts; dealing in business cards and shaking of hands. Press releases. Marketing dinners. ‘What are the latest figures on our sponsorship endorsement?’ But following the disappearance of his beloved mentor, he awaits the early warning signs ‘from a plague of occupational hazards’. After twenty-two years on the job his mentor suffered episodic memory loss, finally betrayed by a series of violent, shaking tremors, where by all accounts, the contemporary landscape overwhelmed his ageing mind . . .
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