Portfolio by Candice Jacobs

Discover MFA Programs in Art and Writing

Dumbed down by Pina Coladas & Palm Trees.

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Laziness becomes consumption, and consumption in turn becomes work

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Boredom epitomizes the dilemma of the autonomous modern subject, linking existential questions to the experience of empty, meaningless time

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We are surrounded by the conspicuousness of consumption & affluence, established by the multiplication of objects, services & material goods

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We live in a myriad of authentic manufactured experiences

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The feminine is equated with a refusal of linear time and directionality, an expression of cyclicity

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Others will say you are too idealistic

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Dumbed down by pina coladas and palm trees

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A facade of culture as consumption, using marketing strategies to support the economy through tourism

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Why not think big?

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Enjoy a Starbucks at The Holiday Inn

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It is hard to try and stop and draw breath

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You don’t give yourself enough credit

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We may as well relax

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Why settle for second best?

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This month is a time to be decisive and clear

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Nottingham and London–based Jacobs employs a wide range of media to create works that explore value and utility; hospitality, charisma, and simulation; and obedience, power, and infantalisation through the emulation and simulation of language and cognition. Dumbed Down By Pina Coladas & Palm Trees combines a broken down image taken while shooting the video This Is Your New Reality with statements taken from her Twitter feed that also feature as affirmations in Fortune, a participatory sculpture.

Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include INHALE, Project Number, London (solo); EXHALE, Cactus, Liverpool (solo); Trance & Tranquility, SYSON in association with Nottingham Contemporary & Open Barbers, a one day only event, Nottingham; I Dunno Shit, Rogue Artists Studios, Manchester; COCKTAIL III, Karst, Plymouth, and Bristol; Foam, P/N project space, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Banner Repeater, London; AND/OR, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; One Thoresby Street, Nottingham; (2013) WORK BITCH, Standpoint Gallery, London (solo); Emergency 6, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth; Pleasure Voyage, SYSON, Nottingham (solo); Il Bardo di Timperley, Bubblebyte.org as part of Art Licks, London; COCKTAIL II, The Space, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (co-curated project & closing event to The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, curated by Mark Leckey). For more information on her work please visit: http://www.meaningfulmeaningle…

What Is Left Unsaid: Nicky Mao Interviewed by Stephanie Berzon
A young woman with long, dark hair sits in profile against a black backdrop.

The sound artist, working under the moniker Hiro Kone, discusses her recent album in the context of migration, emerging techno-fascism, and the pandemic.

BOMB Retrospective: Pauline Oliveros by IONE​
Pauline Oliveros 40Th V3

IONE is Pauline Oliveros’s partner and collaborator of thirty-two years. Oliveros passed away in November 2016, but her powerful presence has left a lasting mark on experimental and electronic music globally. The following is IONE’s intuited conversation with the late Oliveros and a curated playlist expressive of her legacy.

The Value of Labor: Rodrigo Valenzuela Interviewed by Forrest Muelrath
A black and white photograph of machine parts assembled in a metal room titled, Afterwork #2, by ​Rodrigo Valenzuela

Films and photographs that address the future of work.