Jessie Borrelle & Caroline Clements
(Spit & Polish)
Tell It To Yourself
(c) 2008

Spit & Polish deliver etiquette lessons to the Majorca House exhibition windows in Centreplace.

Two large-scale profile cameos (those of Spit & Polish), both furnished with speech bubbles, will be the vehicle for the text of the etiquette 'advice'. The lessons provided are extracted from an early 20th century guide, Don't! Directions for Avoiding Improprieties of Conduct & Common Errors in Speech. Don't! was published by E.W. Cole - a respected philanthropist and publisher of the times - on Little Collins Street, a mere block away from Majorca House.

It's likely that many people may have actually followed these suggestions, making both the literary and historical reference of this project pertinent to the location. The purpose of ‘Tell It To Yourself’ is to amuse (and instruct) passers-by, but primarily to illustrate the changes in social behaviours that have occurred over the twentieth century, almost the span of time since the erection of the Majorca Building and Flinders Lane. The quotes reference the hospitality laden precinct, the highly social nature of Centreplace, and its function as a meeting place embedded with behavioural cues, idiocies and expectations.