7th June 2013 - 3rd August
"This guy has the right attitude why don't the rest of us? What's really stopping us.."
"This guy is a LEGEND!!!!!!!"
"he sead he wud do the pig push and he did it and that seem to sey a lot . ask youself wud you push a pig on your hands and knees with your noze . respect and well done artist taxi driver "
"I'd also like the Police to explain under which laws they felt they had the right to refuse the toy pig into DowningStreet…"
"Mark...Im sixty eight...and you have made me feel proud...there are people out there that REALLY DO CARE. Well done once agian mate...your a star in my book?"
"Poignant and piss funny all rolled in to one. Brilliant."
"Mark u legend! Lol"
Selected comments from the youtube video of "The artist taxi at number 10 #wheresdaddyspig"
A solo exhibition by the Mark McGowan. Featuring documentation of the performance 'Where's Daddy's Pig', performed on 24th April for Trade.
On his hands and knees, Mark McGowan pushed a toy pig the 4.1 miles from Kings College Hospital in Camberwell Green (Where he is currently receiving treatment for Bowel Cancer) to number 10 Downing Street. The performance was in protest against the privatisation of the NHS.
Mark's performance attracted a large crowd on the streets, and sparked allegations of censorship on the internet, as reposts of various websites with 'Where's Daddy's Pig' content were met with anti-Spam 'Capatcha' text boxes.
Effectively, this slowed the rate in which links could be posted on facebook of the live event and fuelled existing conspiracy theories around a 'news blackout' as 'section 75' was discussed in parliament. (Section 75 paves the way for NHS services to be opened up to market competition.)
Arriving at 10 Downing Street he hand delivered his letter to "David Cameron and His Government".
Mark is preparing for the second leg of Where's Daddy's Pig on the 22nd of May where he will crawl from 10 Downing St to the Bank of England to "hand in the pig to the governor Mervyn King in honour of his services to the destruction of the economy its facilitation of ideological austerity and the criminal activity of the City of London aka the City of Corruption."
The exhibition will also include selected themed video sets from Mark's 1400+ youtube videos.
Exhibition 7th June - 3rd August 2013
Thursday - Saturday 11am - 6pm
7th June 2013 - 3rd August
Thursday - Saturday
Monday - Wednesday by prior appointment
11am - 6pm
Call for Participation
Trade, 1 Thoresby Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG1 1AJ.
Saturday 13 July 2013
12.30pm - 18.30pm
Call for paper-based and performative presentations and provocations to be included in the symposium
entitled, HECKLER: Tactics to heckle, hiss, howl and holler organised by Loughborough University School of
the Artsʼ Lee Campbell and Mel Jordan in association with Trade, Nottingham.
Lets upend the conformist deﬁnition of the heckle as anti-social and instead think of the heckler as
heroic, a kind of public speech super hero, with the ability to suspend rhetoric, preserving the right to
speak out of turn. The violence, awkwardness and embarrassment of the heckle are signs of its
political courage, fearlessness and agency. The heckler's interruption opens up a space for public
discourse. Deprived of the heckler we would have one less method of turning passerbyʼs into
assembled publics (Jordan, 2013).
The symposium will explore the potential of the heckler as a speaker that can offer a revised understanding
of social exchanges within contemporary debates on participation, linguistics, ethics and communication.
Artists’ Campbell and Jordan argue that the heckler, a person who disrupts performances, speeches and public addresses should be considered as a metaphorical figurehead of impoliteness.
At any rate the heckler should appear on the menu of communicative speech acts and as a tactic for understanding
the performers relationship to an audience. Furthermore the notion of the heckler enables a review of the
troublesome divisions presented in the dichotomies inherent in the coupling of speaker and listener,
performer and audience, ofﬁcial speaker and unauthorised respondent. There is no doubt that the
philosophies of impoliteness as a behavioural activity have been attacked by some within sociolinguistic
circles as ʻdeviantʼ and ʻto be avoidedʼ (Leech 1983:105), Campbell and Jordanʼs admiration for the heckler
as an embodiment of impoliteness may just be the tip of the iceberg, but an iceberg that surrounds a
contemporary surge of interest in the whole territory of impolite behaviour as a means of looking at the
construction of social relations.
• Daniel Z. Kadar, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Director, Centre for Intercultural
Politeness Research, University of Huddersﬁeld. Provisional paper title: ʻThe heckler's 'impoliteness': A
• Peter Bond (Senior Lecturer, Performance theory and practice, Central Saint Martins College of Art &
Design). Provisional paper title: ʻOff-sideʼ.
• Dr. Ian Bruff (Political Scientist, Lecturer in International Relations at Loughborough Universityʼs
Department for Politics, History and International Relations).
Other contributors include Dr Claire Makhlouf Carter (Artist), Adrian Lee (Artist), Andrew Brown (Artist and
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, UK), Robin Bale (Artist and PhD candidate) and
Joanne Lee (Artist/writer, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, UK).
Proposals for presentations are welcome which interrogate what constitutes the heckler and how his/her
actions may have signiﬁcance within multiple contemporary discourses / study disciplines.
HECKLER will also be taking place at Artsadmin, London in September 2013.
• A 300–350 word proposal/abstract including keywords outlining your presentation and state institute
afﬁliation (if any).
• A short biography including any websites as relevant
• Please do not send any further
attachments with your submission.
• Please indicate any particular technical support in your submission.
7 June 2013 – 5pm GMT UK time, deadline (all submissions to be sent via email to Lee Campbell
L.Campbell@lboro.ac.uk and Mel Jordan M.Jordan@lboro.ac.uk with the word HECKLER in the subject
15 June 2013 – Notiﬁcation of successful applicants.
13 July 2013 – Symposium held at Trade, Thoresby Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Jordan, M. Heckle, Hiss, Howl and Holler in Art & the Public Sphere Volume 1 Number 2 APS 1 (2) (Intellect
Limited, 2013) 117–119.
Leech, G., 1983. Principles of Pragmatics, Longman.
Heckler lapel image designed by Mel Jordan.
The event acknowledges the support of Loughborough University's' Graduate School Research Culture Fund.
Thursday - Saturday