This video embodies Gladwell's core practice: slowed recordings of urban subcultural practitioners occupying public space in unexpected ways. Young people balance their bodies with extreme skill to undertake physically complex interactions with the zones in which they are situated – metro stations, shopping malls, retail outlets.
'Hikaru: Fast Food Sequences' is an important early Gladwell from the same period as his famous 'Storm Sequence' (2000) and 'Tangara' (2003). In it a 'freestyler' bike rider tip-toes his bike into a fast food outlet and then out again, barely noticed by the consumers intent on ordering their burgers and fries. The work skilfully contrasts slickly marketed junk food with an alternate momentary intervention into the spaces designed for its sale and consumption.
Hikaru Fast Food Sequence
single channel digital video, colour, silent
duration: 00:05:20 min, aspect ratio: 4:3
Signature & date
Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Shaun Gladwell". Not dated.
Gift of Amanda Love 2011. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Not on display
© Shaun Gladwell
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Referenced in 5 publications
David Broker, Streetworks: inside outside Yokohama, Streetworks- inside outside Yokohama', pg. 9-17, Parkville, 2005, 15, 31 (colour illus., video still).
Blair French, Shaun Gladwell: videowork, ‘Return to earth’, pg. 8-31, 2007, 16, 26, 36, 62, 51, 108 (colour illus., video still).
Stephen Hepworth (Editor), Shaun Gladwell: perpetual 360° sessions, Heerlen, 2011, 25 (colour illus., video still).
Simeon Kronenberg, Mix-ed: diverse practice and geography, 2004. not paginated
Simon Rees., Shaun Gladwell: various rolls, 'Shaun Gladwell and the art of extreme makeovers', Brisbane, Mar 2005. not paginated