The aim of Tom Dale’s Department of the Interior is to frustrate, and to tantalise us with questions about power games. A 6.5m leatherette bouncy castle that you’re not allowed to have any fun on. It’s like every kind of masochist’s dream: the ultimate pleasure is going to be forever denied to you despite being so tantalisingly close.
It’s quite a funky design. All butt-plug turrets with jet-black easy-wipe coat. It is also, I can confirm having viewed it with two kids in tow, the challenge of a lifetime to not hurl yourself on it and have a bounce. Still, it’s interesting to come across some art that denies you as so much now is about the direct opposite: helter skelters that come with a tedious arty message to justify taking your money and giving you a detached wordy excuse to enjoy yourself. This is on display in Hastings (St Leonards) after all. If you really want some simple fun there’s plenty down on the seafront.