TEST DEPT – Shockwork – (1984, Program For Progress, UK)
Test Dept were forged during 1981 in the decaying docklands of South London. Embracing the spirit of punk with a European avant revolutionary sensibility that sought to challenge the status quo. Test Dept rejected the conventional and developed a style that reflected the decay of their surroundings, scavenging the unregenerated wastelands for raw materials, transforming found industrial items into designed, sculptural instruments.
Their unique performance environment utilised multiple slide and film projections, reinvigorating disused industrial settings, with epic scale spectacular events working collectively with other artists under the umbrella of the ‘Ministry of Power’. Collaborations were formed with filmmakers, sculptors, dancers and politically active groups. Such endeavours led to comparisons with the early work of the Futurists movement.