The Sorting Office

Labelled, packaged, defined.

Shifted, shunted, man-handled.

This is the sorting office.

Welcome to the heart of ‘the system’.

This is where you will be defined, assigned, and often maligned (a persistent glitch in ‘the system’, I’m afraid).

Here you will be continuously assessed, and packaged into quantifiable terms. You will be labelled, weighed up, and your value judged.

Your ability to participate in life will be dependent on the good working order of ‘the system’. Sorting, and box allocation, will be dependent on your ability to meet the criteria and remits outlined. We will decide if you make the grade, if you are the right shape, if you fit the box.

Unfortunately after a time, you may become trapped in some boxes. Many before you have tried to escape, few have been successful.

It may be useful to know, that having a foot in one box may give you a leg up into another, but be warned, access to some boxes can be deceptively tricky. Some will always be inaccessible.

Please also be warned that falling through the gaps is a common hazard.

We realise that conditions here are not ideal. We are currently overstretched and under funded and we have just received a new consignment of boxes to work with. However, be assured we will try to fit you into boxes wherever we can.

This piece is currently on display in the foyer of CAMHS at the Conquest Hospital, Hastings.

 

A collection of small labelled boxes arranged in a glass box on a plinth. Clay figures emerge from the boxes.
The Sorting Office