‘Embarrassment of riches’
Jenni Dutton has investigated the contents of abandoned luggage found on Wessex Trains revealing the dilemma around issues of privacy, voyeurism, security and identity stereotyping. She has constructed two assemblages from the contents, revealing and yet concealing personal items and the identity of the owner. Jenni also invited friends to pack a bag for a ‘journey’ that was subsequently x-rayed at the Musgrove Park Hospital and recorded train journey sounds and public announcements about unattended luggage and reminding passengers to take their luggage with them from the train. She will be making a sound piece to add another dimension to the project. Jenni said ‘I have invited the audience to participate by questioning the issues around privacy, security and identity stereotyping and reflecting on the contents of our own luggage, how much could it reveal about ourselves and the intimacies in our lives’.