Royal Standard – Mr Democracy

imageMr Democracy. 19th September – 30th November 2008
The UK is one of only three countries in the world not to have a written constitution. In an ambitious international project exploring trade, democracy and globalisation, Mr Democracy will undertake the creation of a UK constitution.

Outsourcing content and production to China, the world’s fastest growing economy, artist Oliver Walker will import 1000 specially manufactured plastic toys that will speak the constitution when pressed.

imageDeveloped in Shanghai at the East China University of Politics and Law, the constitution offers an insight into the notion of democracy that the West are so keen to export, exploring issues such as human rights, citizenship and nationality from an alternative perspective. The hidden processes of mass production and global trade, so integral to our relationship to China, are documented throughout the project, and a live tracking device at The Royal Standard will monitor the route of the toys as they are shipped across the globe, arriving at the gallery during the Liverpool Biennial 2008.

A programme of talks and events will accompany the exhibition, exploring issues raised by the project, such as the role a written constitution could play in the UK, and China’s changing role in the world. Please continue to check the website for updated details.