Ken’s Doing



This is a work in progress that is in development specifically for YouTube. The project follows the conventional process that actors undertake to devise a character through workshopping. Here performance artist Mark J Wilson has created a character titled Ken’s Doing. Ken is an aging midcareer artist, he’s out of touch, though he thinks that he’s a bit of a sex symbol and actually quite cool.

This comedic approach draws inspiration from iconic Australian figures of the 80s such as Ken Done, Skase and Peter Russell Clark. Unlike those figures, Ken finds himself in today’s new world where diversity and marginal voices are rising. Ken is grappling with this and trying to make sense as to why he’s no longer relevant. He uses references and parody and make himself more relatable.

Is it time for Ken to make way for a new generation?

But what happens to dinosaurs like Ken, as his power and privilege erodes?

This mad-capped oddball’s wound-up, in over-drive while trying to grapple with the intersection. 

Ken’s doing it, but should he?


videographer: Wolfe