David Price and Andy Roche
The Ghost of Work/Socialism in Two People, 2014
Andy: The California Ideology is thought to be a synthesis of self-seeking hippieism and self-serving libertarianism. Jerry Rubin, the ex-yippie and proto-yuppie, described this world view as “socialism in one person." But really, how do people get it together today? How do we hangout? When two men share a screen, do they look through a two-way mirror? Despite all the snickering, is the web, in fact, a ‘series of tubes’? Where is God in all of this/is Eric Clapton still with us?
David: We were asked to present some films for a screening evening about the idea of work… and our films are usually more to do with play than they are about work. But what’s the difference? Anyway, we tried to make a film about work, which ended up being a kind of play. A play on words, a play on ghosts, and a double meaning - two people in one. Just like Fat Larry, singin’ from the drumkit, we zoom the day away.
Price and Roche met in 2001, became friends, and have been occasionally collaborating since 2010. Their films have been shown in Chicago, London and Paris. Their films have 2 titles and 2 explanations. Most films are the result of deals, not collaborations. This is also true in these productions. All (they) had to begin (with) was a rekindled friendship and a vague notion that it would be cool to be as cool as Dieter Roth and Richard Hamilton. Andy lives in Chicago, David lives in London. They both teach in art schools, and make work other than films. They correspond.