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‘All you need to do is take it’-exhibition description and film excerpts selected by the artists.

Collaborative solo exhibition at GS Artists, Swansea
02.06.23 – 24.06.23
Supported by Arts Council of Wales

All you need to do is take it incorporates writing, sound, print and animation exploring relationships between self-help culture and consumerism. The exhibition comprises an animated film, sound, print and text installation transversing themes of feeling (better) and being (bearable).  The film and audio work gradiates through shifting moods and landscapes of Candy Crush Saga, impulse buying, voices of authority, Tupperware, blisters, and there are also a couple of encounters with Gwyneth Paltrow.

Developing the work through a conversational process, our research and writing explores self-soothing mechanisms and our relationship to ‘solutions’ and distractions from difficult feelings and structures of un-wellbeing. The work considers private and public behaviours in connection to neoliberal, individualised approaches to fulfilling both real and invented needs, and some of the ways we are invited or expected to help ourselves navigate unstable systems.

12 episodic narratives expand scenarios such as clothes shopping in a supermarket, or collecting a parcel, to reflect on wider subjects of money, use, value, authority, and depression. We are interested in the frictions of an interior emotional life making contact with the external world, and the blisters that this rubbing creates.

Printed imagery on the exterior of the gallery depicts bulging protective bubblewrap, tinted with the soft colour gradients which are ubiquitous on social media infographics and affirmations. Inside the installation, a painted gradient of orange and pink floods the gallery wall, alongside a large print of deflated bubblewrap, and soft orange lighting. 

Listen to Audio Description for the exhibition here.

The film’s narration is captioned. Audio description of the exhibition space is available at the front of the gallery, with headphones hung on the wall on your right. The exhibition is wheelchair accessible, and there is seating in the space. Some of the texts that have informed our research are available to browse at the back of the gallery.

All you need to do is take it  Freya Dooley & Cinzia Mutigli

HD film with stereo sound, colour, 1920 x 1920

The project was supported by Arts Council of Wales. The research and development stages of the project were supported by Arts Council of Wales, Fieldwork, Lizzie Lloyd & WITTA and Arnolfini.

All you need to do is take it


HD film with stereo sound, colour, 1920 x 1920

Time codes for each chapter:

1. Candy Crushes (00’00’’)
 2. Redirection (03’20’’)
 3. Rescue fantasies (14’36’’)
 4. Not working (16’45’’)
 5. Confessions (21’57’’)
 6. Soft spot (31’14’’)
 7. No limits (34’27’’)
 8. True choice (35’38’)
 9. Your choice (38’40’’)
 10. Self-contained (39’40’’)
 11. Let’s go deeper (47’00’’)
 12. Maybe it’ll be fine (50’20’’)

Film/ exhibition credits and thanks

Written, performed and edited by Freya Dooley & Cinzia Mutigli
Sound Design by Freya Dooley
Animated visuals by Cinzia Mutigli

Captions by Roger Graham

Audio Description written and read by Anthony Shapland

Exhibition design by Freya Dooley & Cinzia Mutigli

Technical support and build from Aled Simons, Demian Johnston, Harry Morgan, g39 and Jon Ruddick

Photos by Michal Iwanowski

A warm thanks to:

Aled Simons, Anja Stenina, Anthony Shapland, Clare Charles, Demian Johnston, g39, Harry Morgan, Helen Clifford, Jane Simpson, Jon Ruddick, Roger Graham

For their support in the developmental stages of the project, thanks to:

Arts Council of Wales, Phoebe Davies & Fieldwork, Lizzie Lloyd & WITTA, Phil Owen & Arnolfini