Video Apathy

Toby Huddlestone &

Video Apathy is a history lesson on the last 60 years. With a large number of illustrations, the artist illuminates his chronologically structured analysis of political, historical and socio-historical events. He places the focus on the effectiveness and range of protests, rebellions and revolts with which the population and functionaries rebel against wars, political machinations, unemployment and social structures. Revolutions in the fields of music and fashion are also a sign of such protest movements.

The compilation of historical images, and the rapid sequence in which they appear, causes events of the past to flash up, giving the video a strong suggestive power. The question arises: For what do people fight and protest nowadays? Reality TV and social media, a novelty in the 1990s, have now taken over the place of demonstrations and rebellions. VIPs are the new heroes of the nation. The artist reveals a society of indifference, indecision and powerlessness. With his political campaign 'Apathy 2009' he casts an ironic eye upon these attitudes: A protest which addresses nobody, with excuses intended to justify not protesting. The viewer thinks about the past years and the artist invites him to take a position: »Is this our Vietnam? … You tell me!« (Natasche Priester)

About the video

Title Video Apathy
Year 2010
Videonale VIDEONALE.14
Length 00:07:24
Format 4:3
Country United Kingdom,
Language English
Courtesy the artist
Specifications color, sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Toby Huddlestone
  • 1980 in Goole, GBR.
    Studied at University of the West of England, GBR