Chris Saunders copyright 2019

 

 

A golden object floats in the dark emitting sparkles of light as it slowly spins in space –the blackness mystifying the real relations of its production. This reverential signifier common to High Art documentaries is used here to record a man-made object: a golden metallic scouring pad imbuing it with a sense of camp religious awe and beauty usually reserved for precious relics from a lost civilization.

This fairy tale object could accessorise well with a ballroom dress but begins to lose its awe as its cynical purpose emerges as nothing more than a fetishized object calculated to lure home-carers (presumed to be women) The video begins with a spoken list of wedding dresses for sale: Revolutionary Cleaners with no wages for housework are taking action. 

 

Revolutionary Cleaner (Video, sound, 5mins, 1993)