We chose to work together because of a shared affinity for DIY construction, accessible materials and YouTube tutorials. Works for this exhibition have been made through a process of teaching each other new ways of using materials. Constructions are built with cardboard, tape, kitchen utensils and fabric. Videos are filmed in each other’s houses. We would like to better understand our affinity for DIY construction, in lieu of an ironic appropriation or parody of YouTube tutorials. More broadly, our practices are motivated by an estrangement from qualities associated with dominant forms of ‘professionalism’. Rather than a display of competence, our experience of professionalism relates more to an absence of personal and idiosyncratic qualities. This has led us to look at what is considered ‘un-professional’, specifically approaching the term ‘pathetic’ as a non-pejorative and endearing quality.