Anyone who has seen the film ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’ (1985) will know that such quotidian places are rich ground for unfolding narratives between walks of life. They are a die-hard social mixing ground tarnished by the suds and wash cycles of time, where strangers load in and load out. With swimming baths and libraries under threat, laundrettes seem like one of the last surviving “third spaces” separate from the home or workplace, where we hang out.
‘Laundry’ makes use of this “third space” by putting the local artist in the midst of the action. In a series of interventions documented in pocket films shot on mobile phones and handheld cameras, ‘Laundry’ momentarily embeds the performer in the community.
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