Penny Whitehead and Daniel Simpkins at Static

Banner from Protest kit no.67: FREE, intervention.

We managed to catch the quick 2-day exhibition at Static last Friday/Saturday which documented Whitehead and Simpkins artistic actions during their residency in Linz last year. This pair always produce interesting and thoughtful works and these are no exception despite being produced quite spontaneously, responding to events during their relatively short stay there.


A series of spontaneous one-day actions made during a 3-month residency in Linz, Austria, as part of the Linz ’09 European Capital of Culture programme. Thinking critically about our roles within the Capital of Culture city image-making game, we aimed to bring to the surface some of the more contentious local issues and struggles that we encountered, framing them within wider debates around freedom, migration, paranoia and the control of public space.

With thanks to Paul Domela, The Royal Standard and Static Gallery.

In Situ 66: Revealing Contemporary Struggles, video still
In Situ 66: Revealing Contemporary Struggles, video still