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Public Demands


Public Demands is a creative stand-off and endurance test between the artist, Jason Sweeney, and his audience. The public is invited to make demands of Jason for a 6 weeks, during which time he must respond by making performances, songs, sound, films and text. The public become the provocateurs and content providers – the ones who provide the creative fuel for art work to happen.

This is the risk. Jason must be ready at all times for a public provocation.

Demands must, however, adhere to five artform options only: a pop song, a structuralist film, a soundscape, a three minute documented performance and a relentless list. The public can demand what any of these options will be ‘about’, thus leaving Jason with the task of interpreting each one with a sudden creative response. All material will be blogged and uploaded to this website for the demanders, and general public, to watch, read and listen.

The underlying idea is that Jason is giving back to the audience by accepting their ‘demanding submissions’ – a direct, active, creative two-way engagement.


Only by way of an audience submission is this work is possible.

Public Demands does not rely on monetary exchange to participate – but relies the imagination and generosity of the wider public – and the subsequent imagination and renegade nature of the artist, Jason Sweeney.


Project details

Author(s):Jason Sweeney




How does project benefit the client (if there is a client)?
The client (the public) benefits from direct exchange with the artist.

How does project benefit the people you are speaking to with your communication?
Each participating public member who contributes to this project has direct communication with Jason (through email and social networking). The greatest benefit in this project is that each offer made to Jason is in turn reciprocated with a work of art.

How does project benefit the wider society?
This project opens up the idea of a creative democracy where the artist faciliates the process for participation. A member of the public is then given the immediate opportunity to be creative and to provoke the artist into making a new work.

How did/does this project benefit author (authors/makers of the project)?
This project has great benefits for the artist by providing an intimate and very real exchange with the audience. It is sincere, immediate, fresh and no longer anonymous.

Tell us something about your view on communication. What is your / your organisation's / initiative's (visual) communication philosophy?
I believe in a very simple and minimal way of communicating - not in an overload of information but rather through a concise idea that can inspire and engage an audience to want to participate.

What about the process of creating this work? Please describe it.
This work must respond immediately and creatively to a public provocation. The artist must be ready to work at all times, to be able to start a making process as soon as a contribution arrives. This process is about duration and endurance for the set length of time the project allows (1 week, 3 weeks, 5 days etc). The moment a 'demand' arrives for Jason, he must begin the process of creating a new work for that person. It is like a constant micro-commissioning process. Small artworks made for a specific member of the public.

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