GROSSES TREFFEN

Ellen Angus

Born: 1986
Nationality: Other
Based in: Sweden
Media: Cross Discipline

‘FORTUNE IS OFTEN SEARCHED FOR LIKE A HAT
WORN ON THE HEAD'

'Diamond Fortune Cookie manufactured in Oyten Germany'


I am interested in the ways in which advertising, branding, popular culture effect what we aspire towards and how they create a kind of economy of desire. How does this notion of an ‘economy of desire’ affect our experience of embodiment, identity and longing?

I use to collect 5 fortune cookies a day when I worked at a Call Centre. Long, frustrating and boring days spent phoning factory-chicken-farms in Texas and asking if they’d like to do a questionnaire regarding measuring instruments. I would doodle, write about night-time shenanigans (peach toilets that became bedrooms, un-flushable eel-poos and the man with parkinson's in the dark room) and contemplate my housemate’s extensive collection of designer clothes. I’d look to these fortune cookies in their gold, foil wrappers. They would offer up bizarre prophecies badly translated German and English. The fortune cookie speaks to me about aspiration, desire for more, and some kind of quick fix….a way out.

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