In their show October, Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead take the ubiquitousness of photographic imagery to its logical conclusion: they have taken no photographs or videos of their own but have merely borrowed some of the millions readily available on the internet to construct an arresting if ultimately melancholy narrative of the Occupy movement.
A 13-minute video, playing on an endless loop, runs from the optimistic start of occupations worldwide during the Global Day of Action on 15 October 2011, to eviction and defeat a bare month later. A compass projected on to the floor gives the precise location of the event being shown, which conveys vividly the global scale of the movement.
All the footage used in the installation was shot by those mounting the occupations and uploaded by them on to the internet. Like earlier work by Thomson and Craighead, October interprets the capacity to upload material instantly as a new and promising front of popular resistance, as the occupiers assert their ability and right to depict themselves and their actions by themselves – without the intervention of any outsider, such as a photographer.