gilles conan

915 w - i will rather not to exhibition - ekito - toulouse - france

96 used fluorescent t8 tubes , screws, sockets / 740 x 60 cm

the piece uses the recurring phrase pronounced by a wall street clerk all the way through the herman melville's bartleby novel ( 1853 ).
it was tranfromed from conditional to futur tense so from i would prefer not to to i will prefer not to ( in french only one s differs ).
the exhibition took place in downtown toulouse ekito's office during opening hours and while the employees were at work.
the title refers the amount of unused watts as the piece was displayed unlit. it is still in place and hides its potential impact for the environnement that remains in the invisble mercury inside fluorescent tubes ( that are usually not often recycled ).