The Hospital Party (exhibition)

An analysis of The Hospital Party (2018)

When guests walked into the Hospital party their names and ‘ailments’ were noted down on a clip board along with any special dietary requirements. They were also asked to use the hand sanitizer for ’infection control’ just like in a real hospital ward. Next the guests were guided to the ward (the kitchen of my flat where the events of the night took place) and told a doctor would be with them shortly. This room was filled with decorations, party chains, balloons and paper plates and plastic cups with straws and lots of food to eat. But these decorations where not as they first seemed. The paper chains were made of patient hospital tags (hand crafted) with the details for the artist on each one. The balloons were made from blown up sterile rubber gloves, the straws feeding tubes and the paper plates were sick bowls. Also, in the room there were two red waiting room style chairs and, most obviously of all, a single bed dressed in blue blankets with traditional hospital corners on the sheets. A pack of cards was left on the edge of the bed along with two hospital gowns and on the windowsill were seven boxes labelled with the days of the week containing tic-tacs (sweets), these were intentionally made to look like pill boxes filled with pills. One could tell it was set up as both a party in a flat kitchen (just as university students do) and a hospital ward with all its medical equipment. Periodically throughout the evening the host and artist took sweets contained in a prescription bag and asked guests if they wanted their medications. If the guest said ‘no’ it was noted on the clipboard as ‘refused medication’.

The hospital party corridor
Photographic print from the exhibition taken on a disposable camera
Party hospital tags (installation view)
Using hand cut replicas of her own hospital tags, the artist created a series of chains which were installed at the hospital party.
Party hospital tags (detail)
Hand cut replicas of the artist’s hospital tags connected to make party paper chains.
Popping pills (installation view)
Popping pills is the title of the installation of tick tack sweet boxes labelled as if they were dose boxes of medications.
Popping pills (detail)
Popping pills is the title of the installation of tick tack sweet boxes labelled as if they were dose boxes of medications.
Documentation
Photographs of the event taken on a disposable camera.
The hospital party lights down
Photograph of the exhibition taken on a disposable camera with the lights down.
The hospital party lights up
Photograph of the exhibition taken on a disposable camera with the lights up.
Documentation
Photographs of the event taken on a disposable camera.
Anti-bacteria balloons
Anti-bacteria balloons, is the title given to an installation of sterile latex glove balloons in the exhibition space.
The Hospital Party
Installation view of the exhibition.
The Artist as healer
Selfie of the artist dressed the performance element of the exhibition.
How can I help?
As part of the performance the artist took notes of “ailments” and “symptoms” of visitors to the exhibition.
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