It was the sort of job opportunity I felt was too good to miss out and so, putting aside my work on Client and User Centred Solutions for a few minutes, I flexed my writing muscles and dug out my slightly dusty CV (which I immediately updated to include 'Currently studying an MA in Creative Digital Media').
Random flashing has long since been the bane of the North West but, it appears that the International Centre for Contemporary Visual Arts and Film has been hardest hit - the problem isn't so much the public nudity as the fact that said nudity is sporadic at best; indeed, it's quite possible for Manchester to go for a few days without any exposing occurring, only for three exposures to then take place within the space of an hour. Frankly, this kind of behaviour just isn't helpful to the local aesthetics...
The job only involves two days per week work - I'm not sure whether one gets to choose which days (and must schedule exposures around them) or whether one's working schedule is simply a slave to public nudity. However, I do have some interesting thoughts on how to improve coordination while also, in keeping with the ethos of Cornerhouse, inspire the wider public to interact:
- Utilising modern technology. I intend to use email to organise exposures and perhaps even borrow from the 'flash mob' culture and introduce the concept of 'flash flashing'
- Screening of exposure candidates. This is after all the 21st century - there are certain aesthetic standards which one must strive to uphold. Chiselled torsos, perky breasts and honed physiques are in - flabby bellies, wrinkly bottoms and varicose veins are right out. Those who fall into the latter category will be encouraged to take part in 'at-home exposure' nights...
- Provision of heating units. It can get rather nippy in Manchester as the nights draw in and this, surely, must have a negative effect on people's willingness to get involved; thus I'd ensure large heating units were erected to offer a more welcoming environment for those wishing to shed their clothing.
I believe, with my extensive media-focused project management experience, I could assist greatly as an Exposures Coordinator.
I think Cornerhouse needs to firmly grasp opportunities offered by modern communication technologies and look into ways in which levels of involvement could be improved by adoption of new and innovative systems.
I also feel that a degree of filtering of candidates will serve to very much improve the quality of offerings in the long-term and assist in further raising the level of prestige associated with the event.
I'm sure that my extensive experience, forthright views and innovative ideas will help me stand out from the crowd and, maybe, my time at University will be cut short as I'm whisked away to Manchester to ensure people can strip off with no fear of scheduling confusion...