Pleased that my work A Worldwide Web of Somewheres is being included in Google Expeditions, an immersive education app that allows teachers and students to explore the world. Here’s the 360º photo that will be included.
The images look best on Google Photos’ website. See the rest of the artworks in 360º here – it works particularly well on smartphones.
Unreal Estates is an exhibition about home, and what it means to live in a place.
‘Witty, critical, thought-provoking and sparking off unexpected synergies’
‘Clearly a joyous thing’
Six artists have each been working with a fiction writer to respond to properties on the market within a mile of Homefinders Estate Agents, where the exhibition takes place. Their new collaborative works examine ideas of domesticity, psychological interiority, emotional space, and private histories.
Each individual artwork or text can be read as a standalone work, yet additionally complements its counterpart as collaboration. But even on top of that, when gathered together, the images and texts can be read another way. They also record the multiplicity, the textures, the dreams, imagination and memories of this city, now.
The homogenised aesthetic of property-as-asset is contrasted with the exquisitely rich and deeply personal interiors of fictional homes created by artists and writers.
“You can read the exhibition as exactly what it is on the surface – a group exhibition of high quality work about domestic interiors. Indeed, the whole experience is nothing without the clever and delightful contributions of the artists and writers. It’s perfectly fine to leave it there. But when you turn it over and look at it a different way, it becomes something else. And you can carry on turning it and looking at it, and all these different interpretations and allusions interweave and fan out, into the wider city.”
For some time I’ve been trying to find ways of making maps that are more mutable, shifting and unstable than traditional cartography (whose roots are often in authoritarian boundary-marking)
This work is partly inspired by Polynesian fishing nets, which I’ve been led to believe were also maps of wind and sea currents. In their lines and nodes, these nets reveal an unseen natural infrastructure that conditions the course of journeys, that allowed their creators to navigate vast oceanic distances.
Often when I’m researching a new topic I make a tumblr scrapbook for images, bits of text, video, and other relevant ideas. Here’s the scrapbook for The Skyscraper Index, it’s quite good fun, if you’re into that sort of thing.
• Architecture and irrationality: a new series
• Upcoming shows: come and visit
I’ve started a series of perforated metal sculptures called The Skyscraper Index.
These wall-hung panels are based on buildings that were once the tallest of their time. The series is based on a flippant idea formulated by economist Andrew Lawrence: “An era’s tallest building rises on the eve of economic downturn”. Continue reading “THE SKYSCRAPER INDEX”→
It’s already Autumn. I spent my much of the summer getting somewhat fixated on a strange little house between the reservoirs in Stoke Newington.
Next to the water and a little way from other houses, it has this almost mythic quality, of being out-of-place, of living a life apart from the rest of the city.
This ordinary-looking house was originally built to service the reservoirs, and was once known as The Waterman’s House. It was later extended (unsympathetically, according to Hackney’s Local List), following the 1980s preference for DIY Victoriana.
The neighbouring Woodberry Down Estate was a post-war utopia of social housing, schools and public facilities (my mum used to work at the health centre). By the 1990s it had become a wilderness of used needles and rats. The good intentions of the 2006 masterplan – which I know intimately – have since been maligned – part of London’s turbid housing crisis. A 3 bed flat is on sale for £945K.