'We believe naively that the progress of
Good, its advance in all fields (science, technology, democracy,
human rights), corresponds to a defeat of Evil. No one seems to
have understood that Good and Evil advance together, as part of
the same movement.'
'The Spirit of Terrorism'; Jean Baudrillard;
Verso; London, NewYork; 2002; ISBN 1-85984-448-0
This project consists of two independent
'art - newspapers'- which are interpretations of two different
kinds of information published on a particular day within the
Metro newspaper. (This daily newspaper, provided in large quantities
free of charge to travelers on the London Underground metro system,
and is therefore seen by a large number of people.)
The work, entitled 'Daily News Agency'
and 'NONCommercial Agency', belongs to my long-term interest in
the subject matter of the identity of the contemporary world.
'Daily News Agency' and 'NONCommercial Agency' conceptually re-examine
the content of the information that is offered to the public on
an everyday basis.
'Daily News Agency' (magenta colour),
addresses the amount of news coverage of negative events that
were reported on that particular day. This is achieved through
a process of 'censorship', where all other information except
for the 'bad' news, is physically deleted.
'NONCommercial Agency' (black colour) looks
at the issue of the commercial aspects of newspapers, by including
only the advertisements published in the 'Metro' newspaper of
that particular day. Everything but the advertisements is omitted,
while the advertisements themselves are blacked out in order to
emphasize the amount of space in the newspaper taken up by them
The 'bringing to life' of this project
was a long and painful experience.
The preparation for the project consisted of a prolonged period
of research, reading most of the newspapers published in London
on a daily basis for more than six months. The 'reality' of our
lives portrayed to the public on an everyday basis through the
newspaper's information, is a battle yard of the killed and wounded,
of diseases and disasters, the corrupted and those who corrupt.
It is the world of hatred, of murderers, terrorists and rapists.
The amount of 'bad' in the world is scary
the world is scary
re-digesting it in order to find space for compassion, is a necessity.
The actual process of rewriting and adjusting
every single word from the original 'Metro' layout, into the new
layout based on and interpreting the original, was like 'walking
through hell, together with the rest of the word'.
My work strives to re-examine the reality
of our society, by exposing the 'Bad' within it, with the intention
of 'opening the door for Good to come in.'
The Project 'Daily News Agency' and 'NONCommercial Agency' (in
newspaper form) can be found in the Serpentine Gallery Bookshop,
the ICA and in other quality bookshops in London. The project
is also part of the 'Modern British Collections' at the British
Library in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.
Nada Prjla is a Macedonian artist living
and working in London