Willem Boshoff
Psephocracy



2003

floor piece, sand-blasted contour of England, South Africa and Greece superimposed on glass and granite that lie on the floor pebbles from Greece, Wales, Scotland and from the old South African provinces of the Northern Cape and Natal

1.3 x 1.5m (height: 10cm)


Psephocracy is a form of government decided by elections. The Greeks invented the ballot box when they voted with the psephos or 'pebble' in ceramic urns. Psephology is the study of elections and voting, and a psephologist is an electoral scientist or analyst. The title Psephocracy is subversively chosen to rhyme with democracy but when it is said fast it sounds like Afrikaans 'se-fokrasie'.

In this work pebbles are assembled on the granite base in the shape of a voters cross, linking the coordinates of the places where the pebbles were collected reminding us that when one votes, one confirms a new order as much as one cancels out an old one.

The overlapping of the three different sets of contours create an entanglement of lines and suggest that the voting process as a key to disentanglement can lead to surprising losses and gains of power and claims to land.


2005 Michael Stevenson. All rights reserved.