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Jargon Repurposed


What would non-artists sound like if they were asked to describe their different roles and responsibilities as contemporary art practices? Could a tax inspector or a deliveroo rider walk into a contemporary art exhibition today and relate to the artworks or they way in which they are shown?

Otherwise, are artists responsible for building bridges between daily life, popular culture and contemporary art? Is it worth removing or limiting unnecessary specialist terminology – a.k.a. jargon – to capture a broader and more diverse audience spectrum?

alt my work encapsulates the ever-lasting tension between physical absence and mediated presence in human interactions
Telephone operator


  • Party scene: typical conversations about ¨what do you do?¨
  • “Boring but pays well”
  • Reactions to creative professions


Pablo Paillole

Pablo Paillole works with moving image, sound, text and photography to explore the relationship between popular culture and politics; fiction and reality; past, present and future. ​ Through his audiovisual installations – often personal and inspired by his own Spanish cultural heritage – he asks questions around the concepts of truth, narrative and history using archival media and found footage. His interest in archival media the ‘constructedness’ of information originally emerged in response to fake news and the way image-making mechanisms condition belief or plausibility. He interrogates the extent to which fictional characters and narratives bleed into the world’s socio-political reality, as well as reinforcing the archive’s authority and power against misinformation. Concerned with these overlapping opposites (fiction and reality, past and present) his practice stands as a necessary form of resilience against fake informational content that has proven to be a key agent in recent elections across the globe. Therefore, Pablo Paillole’s interdisciplinary art practice intends to re-interpret the conventional narrative construction processes; to disentangle the media’s conglomerate of fictional and factual content; and to fully acknowledge our past in order to understand our present.