George Barber, UK, 2017, 16'57"
Five improvisers are asked to ‘channel’ the psyche of Tony Blair. The artist, George Barber, asks questions and also feeds the improvisors anecdotes from various sources about Tony Blair’s life and his experience as a prime minister. The work’s unifying themes are Tony Blair’s landing in the Iraqi desert at night, meeting George Bush, and the regrets of his key decisions. What does Tony feel at night? What does he say to himself? What would he say to the mother of a dead soldier? What does it feel like to be loathed – when once every world leader wanted to be photographed with you?