Nick Crowe's new commission for Chisenhale Gallery is a reflection on age, youth and contemporary Britain. Getting On comprises a group of metallic-finish, scarlet mobility scooters and a soundtrack of Deutsche Grammophon classical pieces. The scooters are available for the visitor to try out, allowing an insight into the 4mph existence that awaits all members of our aging population.
Getting On explicitly places the viewer in the position of an elderly person, enabling us to enter into an imaginative relationship with our own future. For Crowe, the work seeks to cause a kind of empathy, a sensation that is the result of seeing oneself as part of the west's ominously expanding lifespan. Furthermore, the work observes the proliferation of the mobility buggy on the streets of Britain, caused in part by the gradual disappearance of subsidised, communal modes of transport.
Nick Crowe's extensive practice examines the relationship between people and the technology that surrounds them. Part of his body of work looks at the cultural implications of the internet and this includes the production of online interactive films as well as cyber-squatting the domain names of major London galleries.
Nick Crowe is an artist based in Manchester and Berlin. During the 1990s he was involved in setting up a range of artist-led initiatives including The Annual Programme and since 2000 he has continued to contribute to the cultural field in the region working on such projects as The Manchester Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2001-2005) and co-curating Artranpennine03, a trans-regional exhibition of public art, with regular collaborator Ian Rawlinson.