Thursday, September 12, 2013

Not in This House

Today I visited the home of an alcohol-using client with his social worker. This time I certainly did not take my shoes off, and neither did the social worker. The house was absolutely filthy, with dried vomit on much of the floor. Remarkably, the social worker said it was not as bad as she had expected. She must have seen homes in terrible conditions.

The carpet looked like it must have been very nice, if only it had been looked after.

However, most homes are not like that, so you should take your shoes off and expect others to do the same.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Rianovosti: Russian Woman Faces Trial for Slapping Barefoot Policeman – Prosecutors

Woman Faces Trial for Slapping Barefoot Policeman – Prosecutors

"MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian woman who hit a policeman in the face and forced him out of her apartment leaving him barefoot, has been charged with using violence against a police officer, prosecutors said Thursday.
The police officer knocked on the door of the 26-year-old woman’s apartment in the town of Shumerli in the Volga River republic of Chuvashia after her neighbors complained about loud music she had been playing at about 4 a.m. on June 24, the Chuvashian prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The woman refused to turn the music down, but let the policeman in, the statement said. After taking his shoes off, as visitors traditionally do when entering homes in Russia, the policeman turned the music off. That apparently enraged the woman, who hit him in the face and forced him out of the apartment – without his shoes.
Despite the officer’s pleas, she refused to let him back or return his shoes, abusing him with “unrepeatable cursing,” the statement said."

How very polite of the Russian police officer to remove his shoes before entering the house!

Sarah Rounding: 'Please Remove Your Coat and Shoes'

Sarah Rounding: 'Please Remove Your Coat and Shoes'

An interesting piece of artwork on this topic. The artist comments:

"In most peoples homes shoes are removed on entry but because I suffer from contamination OCD it becomes imperative that this rule is followed. This etiquette can be quite embarrassing for both parties; some will refuse or not realise and have to be asked to remove them, other people can be self conscious of their feet and will be anxious of removing their shoes in public.

I want this piece to ambiguous in its role leaving the viewer to question whether it should be used to hang their coats on or if they should remove their shoes as they enter the space. It follows a well defined practice of using readymade objects in a gallery context and this could cause the viewer to see it as the art object rather than experiencing it as something to interact with and use. I decided not to display any coats, shoes or hats as part of this installation to make it appear like a functional space for the viewer to use rather than a display, the only omission to that is the plant on the stand, which has symbolic connotations. Plants help filter the air and this plant in particular, the Peace Lily, removes harmful toxins such as formaldehyde, purifying the space without the use of harsh chemicals. The ambiguity of this piece of work will be what provokes a reaction within the viewer and this is why I have not included any instructions, which order the viewer to perform, just a simple request within the title of the work."

Monday, September 02, 2013

Canvassing this Evening

Every Monday evening, I go knocking on doors for the Conservative party.

This evening, I knocked on a house which had a 'Please Remove Your Shoes' sign. I don't see many of those, and when I do they are usually handwritten or typed. This was a stylish sign.

The lady turned out to be a Conservative voter which is encouraging. I told her I loved her sign.