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Donut by Mike Stubbs


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Donut is a twin dvd projection and 4 monitor installation about the drawing of a perfect circle. But the creator of this circle is not an artist - the canvas is asphalt and the medium is a car.

Donut is the term used by young fast-car enthusiasts to describe a circle of burnt rubber made by spinning a rear wheel drive car on the spot. It represents bravado and skill on the part of the driver who is usually part of the car cruising culture one of Britain's biggest underground movements.

Mike Stubbs is an observer of the idiosyncratic pastimes of British culture. His work records the esoteric practices of groups held together by the pursuit of an interest that has become an obsession. Donut is his first autobiographical piece.

For Stubbs, brought up in the English town of Bedford, the overriding passion of his own adolescence was cars. His memories of car culture are bound up with the identity of Bedford from the Santa Pod raceway, deemed to be Europe's best drag strip, to surrounding car manufacturing and design plants, threatened with closure as the Britain's industry went into decline.

To make Donut, Mike Stubbs returned to Bedford 20 years on - now a father, an adult and an artist - to document the history of his own obsession. Donut is, in more than one way, about the drawing of a perfect circle. The installation treats the goal of the perfect donut as a ritual performance, the climax of the work. Around this, Stubbs interweaves his memories of growing up immersed in the car culture of the 70's with imagery of contemporary local car enthusiasts - polished hubs and tailpipes, lowered suspensions, chassis illuminated by glowing neon, 'fast car' track day and, what Stubbs terms, 'arsing about in car-parks'.

Donut has been made in collaboration with Gina Czarnecki, Scanner, and Bedford Community Arts who commissioned the work with funding from East England .
Artist:Mike Stubbs
Artwork type:media installation
Material:Video projection, monitors, text and sound
Measurements:video projection 10"x7" + 4 mini monitors
Technique:6 weeks looped video
Location:Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow CCA
Rights owner:Mike Stubbs
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:Dundee - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
Notes:Text for DONUT installation / performance:

I am a Bedford boy
A boy from Bedford
One in a million
I want to be a millionaire
One of millions
A boy from one town
A small Island
In England
A small Island
Wanting to make a mark
Wanting penetration
To leave a trace
Afraid of the bigger boy
With the longer stare
The faster punch
A bigger gun
I want my power turned up
I need 400 horses
Four hundred and fifty brake
Shiny and new
I want to make my mark
I want to look good
I want that girl
The one wanting to escape
The one wanting that boy
Wanting to make a mark
Wanting to leave a trace
Wanting to forget history
Creating new mythology
Away from here
Away from her story
But not too far from home
I like my independence
I want to live at the edge
I need to take risks
I need to exert control
I need to show off my control
I love to go fast
I love to burn rubber
I love to test things to the max
I love to push things to the limit
I love to fuck things up
I love to fuck
I love the simple throb
I love to forget my body I love
I love to lose my mind
I love to move
I move through time and space
I move away from the centre
I move around the room
A comet burning brightly
Potential energy wasting
Running on the spot
I circle round the car park
I drive to the supermarket
I make it to the bottle bank
I make it down the pub
I watch my favourite soap
I watch car racing on TV
I dream of hot oil pumping
Surging gushing dribbling
From the broken oil cooler
Ripped hanging from below
Blacked out
Temperature climbing
Moving at speed
Lips moist
Boiled dry
Melt down
Seize up
Rocking my cot
I love the simple rhythm
An engine idling
My dump valve bleeds
Travelling in free space
Pure sensations please

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