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Confiscation Cabinets - Boys' Primary School

Artwork
2012 (assembled)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Clear acrylic rectangular box-frame, containing a number of found objects confiscated from primary school-age boys in London, all mounted with adhesive to a white-painted MDF backboard. All items within the cabinet is individually labelled with the school year and gender of the child it was confiscated from, what the item is, and the year it was seized. The items are:

1. Nintendo Game Boy
2. Game Boy game
3. Sega Game Gear
4. Digital watch and replica pager
5. Dummy mobile phone
6. Tennis ball
7. 39'er
8. Finger skateboard
9. Beyblade / Pog Slammer (x2)
10. Yo-Ball
11. Yo-yos (x2)
12. Creepy Crawlies (x2)
13. Mini water pistol
14. Improvised pea-shooters
15. Sikh dagger
16. Empty water bomb packet
17. Elastic band balls (x3)
18. Snappets
19. Caps
20. French bangers (obtained during a school trip)
21. 'Floor debris' (x19)
22. Headless Mr. T (B.A. Baracus) action figure
23. Trading cards (x6)
24. Action Toys (x4)
25. Toy cars (x4)
26. World Cup finger puppet / chewed footballer


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Acrylic, MDF, paint, various plastics, textiles, paper
Brief Description
Confiscation Cabinet, Boys' Primary School, London; made by Guy Tarrant, 2012
Physical Description
Clear acrylic rectangular box-frame, containing a number of found objects confiscated from primary school-age boys in London, all mounted with adhesive to a white-painted MDF backboard. All items within the cabinet is individually labelled with the school year and gender of the child it was confiscated from, what the item is, and the year it was seized. The items are:



1. Nintendo Game Boy

2. Game Boy game

3. Sega Game Gear

4. Digital watch and replica pager

5. Dummy mobile phone

6. Tennis ball

7. 39'er

8. Finger skateboard

9. Beyblade / Pog Slammer (x2)

10. Yo-Ball

11. Yo-yos (x2)

12. Creepy Crawlies (x2)

13. Mini water pistol

14. Improvised pea-shooters

15. Sikh dagger

16. Empty water bomb packet

17. Elastic band balls (x3)

18. Snappets

19. Caps

20. French bangers (obtained during a school trip)

21. 'Floor debris' (x19)

22. Headless Mr. T (B.A. Baracus) action figure

23. Trading cards (x6)

24. Action Toys (x4)

25. Toy cars (x4)

26. World Cup finger puppet / chewed footballer

Dimensions
  • Height: 1222mm
  • Width: 822mm
  • Depth: 94mm
Production typeUnique
Object history
The eight Confiscation Cabinets were exhibited at the V&A Museum of Childhood from 9th November 2013 – 1st June 2014, and have also been shown at various other venues including: The Life Centre in Newcastle, South Hill Park Arts Centre and OVADA 'At Play', The No Format Gallery 'Out of the Box' and Leeds University’s 'Pumped Up Kids' exhibition. The works were purchased by the MoC in 2017 [2017/86] (see museum nos. B.1 to 8-2017).
Historical context
Guy Tarrant has been making artworks since 1987. These have covered many different approaches, spanning over fifty different projects. They are always ‘Reflexive’ in their approach; that is to say they always seek to reflect issues pertaining to the situations the artist finds himself to be in. These artworks have always sought to challenge the formal processes of art. Tarrant later became more involved in teaching and shifted his attention to addressing the education process itself. He became increasingly concerned with focusing on the role and responses of participants and their behaviours.



Confiscation Cabinets formed part of Tarrant’s 'Resistances Project', which spanned over two decades of artistic work, exploring concerns about unsettlement and low well-being within London schools. During this time, Guy liaised with over 150 different schools, mostly working in the capacity of a Supply Teacher, collecting visual evidence of resistant types of behaviours. This took the form of confiscated pupil artefacts, vandalised school furniture, and school landscape photographs.



They form a large series of wall mounted cabinets, containing everyday confiscated items withheld by teachers which were never claimed back. The artwork seeks to highlight behavioural divisions around age, gender and culture. As an archival collection it looks particularly at aspects involving jewellery, toys, electrical gadgets, sportswear, drugs, sweets and weapons.

Production
One of eight Confiscation Cabinets made by artist Guy Tarrant (see museum nos. B.1 to 8-2017).
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
B.2-2017

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record createdAugust 15, 2017
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