Materials:Snapback baseball caps, painted plywood, curator, MIMA, Joe and associates, wooden shelves, Middlesbrough town and people, interview with artist David Mollin
Invited by a guest curator to MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), to work with its architecture, collection and context. TWOC is a work in two parts. Part one, a one month-long performance and part two, a two-month long installation resulting from the performance.
TWOC is a police acronym for TAKEN WITHOUT OWNERS CONSENT and is also used as a colloquial or slang term for theft in Middlesbrough and certain parts of the North of England. Something can, for example, be twocked or someone can be a twoccer.
Part 1: The theft of thirty-one snapback baseball caps from retail outlets in Middlesbrough. Their design and logo were determined by what was available at the time. The baseball caps were delivered to the home of the curator in lots of between five and seven caps as and when they were acquired. Meanwhile the curator was instructed to attach the first of a series of letters (sent to him in advance by the artist) to whatever cap he chose to begin the performance with. The adapted baseball cap was then worn by the curator for one entire day - regardless of what he was doing on that day - before being deposited on purpose-built shelves in MIMA. The other baseball caps were likewise adapted and worn throughout the month of May with each one being similarly deposited in MIMA. During the course of the month the work began to grow as an object and as it did so began to spell out TAKEN WITHOUT OWNERS CONSENT
Part 2: The work is exhibited in MIMA for two-months