Artist Introduction

These past few weeks I’ve been wondering what kind of creative work I am expected to be capable of at this point in time anyway (even if the expectation is from myself). Read more >

a graphic of text on the white background, saying “hanover mums love level dick” in red Chancery all-lower-case letters.

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the text

i am a hanover mum. i go to the local organic shop to do my shopping and get some gluten free raw vegan snacks for later. i smile lovingly at the shop owners.  i am free from red meat, dairy and gluten. i get annoyed with poop and rubbish on the streets. my yoga clothes are from stella mccartney for adidas, i grab my toes and lift them in the air, my body forming the most perfect v-shape. i am a force of nature, i am fucking fierce. i love good design, this butter dish i purchased is work of a genius. i have constant pains in my back. i’ve been to 3 osteopaths and 2 massage therapists.  i’m debating whether to re-do our loft but this to-do list is out of control. i’m on the hunt for a very particularly brand of tahini, i guess i need to drag myself to taj. my fridge and pantry are stocked. i spent the whole day on the phone to doctors, services and customer support. my body’s hyperfocused on a motion, the continuous rolling over and forward like film reel, like screens. i need the motion going. i tidy up all day and he never notices. i am packing boxes, i need everything labelled and a list of inventory, the boxes are already numbered. desire isn’t lack, it’s surplus energy. i guess my life, although filled with joy, has become quite stagnant.

i’m level dick. i’m a chill guy. i maybe skateboard or just smoke weed. we go to easy hours to pick up some cans. i love sitting on concrete in the sun. things glide in a haze. i have had broken limbs and calluses on my fingertips. i overdid my shrooms microdose this morning, i’m just going with it. i tried to sell some shoes and somebody on gumtree now wants to pay for pictures of my feet, i wonder if that can buy me a mattress. i just went to aldi but you will never see me carrying a plastic bag – i keep it tucked away in my backpack. i dabble in woodwork and read books on polyamory. i love things simple and i love when things get wild, i don’t often reply to messages. the level is moist in a skunk cloud. i appreciate whiskey and jazz. i print helpline leaflets for the community, i experience feelings at a remove. this is a beanie i got in peru. i fuck with basquiat. i’m sensibly butch. i come across as confident. i’m wanted in three places at once but i won’t stay for long. balancing mystery, keeping cards close to my chest, a total illusion of an open book though. i need to be careless at times. often times really. it’s a blank wall, i wake up at midday. i met my hanover mum at an xr meeting. 

i’m a hanover mum. i’m invisible.i’m level dick. I can’t look away.

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i’m level dick. i’m on a horizontal plane with respect to the distance above or below a given point. flat and even. i’m on a surface that cuts perpendicularly all plumb lines that it meets, and hence would coincide everywhere with a surface of still water. 

i’m a hanover mum. i’m on the higher ridge.

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i carry a lucy & yak tote bag. i think i’m level dick but im probably a hanover mum. 

i’m hanover dick. i stole your parking spot clearly out of spite.

i’m a level mum. my child is god.

i’m hanover level. two pints in and on the john lewis app.

i’m level hanover. modest. 

i’m a mum dick. you’ve never felt so seen.

i’m hanover mums love level dick. love-bombed then ghosted, we’ve flattened this hill.

i am your hanover mum,
i am your level dick.

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the irreverent, nonsensical, relentless refusal, the arrogant ballsiness, havoc, and craze, depravity and deprivation, wild cards so showy, instinctual, a second of perceived otherness, a promise of something different, security and being, income and aimlessness, health and moment, admin and poetry, shelter and freedom. we are not yet free from the urgency of life and desire.

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wholesome

what’s their name / they just ooze this sense of calm / they are probably the opposite of a neurotic / they have curly dark hair and sometimes blond straight hair / and they are older maybe 30s / and they had known what they wanted for a long time / and they are not pervasive but they are around sometimes / and sometimes they get you in a moment totally blown away by that passion and charisma and vibes / and they come over to pass on some stuff to you it’s mostly trash and you say thanks / and then you see them holding on to a tape cassette and say it’s yours and they say they wanted to keep it / and you walk around the playground together and they are trying to explain themself with such maturity and contentment / and they tell you how they have these feelings everytime they see you or are around you / and they are so calm in their vulnerability / and they hope you could change their circumstances for the better but they also know things might not work out / they have this real gravity about them / this rootedness / i ask them to stop walking /
we morph into shapes

This image is a colour digital photograph in portrait orientation mode. The image focuses on the off-white t-shirt with the graphic design described previously: “hanover mums love level dick” in lower-case chancery cursive font and a little heart below the text – all in red ink. The t-shirt hangs on the laundry rail and is set against the background of a white terraced house wall, a perfect blue sky with chunky clouds, a backyard fence and some bikes stored by the wall.

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This image is a colour digital photograph in landscape orientation mode, showing the same set-up with the t-shirt hanging from the laundry line. The photograph is shot from a low angle, the camera is looking sharply upwards. At the forefront is the upper part of the t-shirt with the “hanover mums love level dick” text, and in the background is the wall and the roof of a classic Hanover terraced house. The corner angle of the house roof juts towards the sky.

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afterword

“hanover mums love level dick” is perhaps a metaphorical car driving me around the neighbourhood these past 3 years. a logic governing the whereabouts of desires. a law of local physics. more precisely, it is graffiti that marked some wall in hanover once but then ceased to exist. it carried on living in our household as a piece of mythology, a genius poem and the best joke; its structure never failed to entertain anyone we shared it with.

it communicates a very true thing, i have countless proof, believe me,
but it’s true in maybe a more queer sense than was originally implied.

i just think it’s so poetic, childish in the best way, and frankly hilarious. sometimes i’m a hanover mum, and sometimes i’m level dick, mostly, i identify with both.

i remember reading baudrillard on how graffiti tags make no sense as stand-alone symbols, and in that being nonsensical to a lot of people there is a special power. i kind of like things making no rational sense, so this is a bit like that.

this is not just a tag, of course, it does make some sense. it is a love story, i think. it is also hyperlocal, so you need to know the areas to get the message. but something about intervening in brighton’s mythology feels important. you live in brighton long enough and it turns into a kind of a non-place. 

and the established brighton mythology is super toxic. like, do you really want to talk about being lgbtqia+ and creative in brighton? most often, you are also poor, and nobody advertises that.

so what is a hanover mum? what is level dick? what is hanover dick and level mum? mum dick and hanover level? what is “hanover mums love level dick?” and can they love without shame?

i propose it is 

a law of local physics

it is 

the space between people, the vibratory field, 

it is 

care vs. carelessness

control and purpose vs. the logic of loitering

two different types of hedonism

a cross-area romance

a multi-level experience

energy caught up in postcodes

queering of brighton’s mythology

a re-re-re-realisation of how heteronormative this world still is

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