Matthew Noel-Tod

Research output: Non-textual outputDigital or Visual Products


A three projector animation/installation with smoke machine. The piece collides forms from two works of expanded cinema; Color Balance (1980) by Morgan Fisher and Line Describing a Cone (1973) by Anthony McCall. Each projector 'draws' a symbol that incorporates a circle: a red anarchy symbol, a green copyright symbol and a blue smiley. When the circles are complete and overlap the common visual area (the circle) becomes white. The light cones created by the smoke machine suggest an inversion of Anthony McCall's work, that the light is the equivalent of graffiti: paint coming from an aerosol can.The work was a response to the appearance of the ‘smiley anarchy’ tag during the 2011 UK tuition fees protests. The addition of the copyright symbol suggests how the rhetoric and images of protest, past and present, swiftly get co-opted into the mainstream, making language in the broadest sense the battleground for protest.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInstitute of Contemporary Art
Publication statusPublished - 7 Dec 2011
Eventother - Institute of Contemporary Art, 7 December 2011
Duration: 7 Dec 2011 → …


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