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Before the Glass Centre opens to the public at 10am, I usually get into work at 9:30 to switch on all the video screens and computers in the Waste Not, Want Not and Kaleidoscope galleries, and start up all of Darren Banks’ TV monitors and DVD players. For the rest of the day, the gallery is filled with sounds of the Rolling Stones playing “Not Fade Away” as Darren-the-Skeleton remakes an old Scotch Tape commercial from the 1980’s which featured a dapper skeleton singing along to that catchy Buddy Holly song. This video plays on a continuous loop from 10am until 5pm, every day.
I’ve posted two YouTube links, so you can watch the original Scotch commercial and Banks’ remake (as you watch, just imagine hearing this song over and over and over again, for hours and hours and hours… it haunts my dreams). “Jump the Shark” is one of my favourite works in the exhibition. Kids run up to the TV and dance around in front of the screen, mimicking Banks with their own impromptu dance routines.
Once all of the technology is turned on, I take a quick walk through the gallery to check that all the works are clean and in place, then I replenish the photocopied exhibition guides to place on the welcome desk (I know! The morning routine of a gallery invigilator is incredibly compelling!). Just before I open the gallery doors, I run over to the activity table along the balcony and make sure it’s stocked with plenty of origami paper, mostly old newspaper and magazine pages – in keeping with Re-Make/Re-Model recycling theme.
The rest of the day is spent chatting with visitors, giving tours, occasionally filling in on the reception desk and answering phones, and drinking lots of green tea.