Thursday, 12 July 2012

Mirrors of Awareness

Myself and two friends - Rebecca Gregory (Metropolitan Workshop) & Eddie Blake (Studio Weave) were given the unique opportunity of filling an exhibition space in 14-16 Cowcross Street, with no particular brief.  It was exactly the opportunity we were looking for to explore our common areas of interest and have a bit of fun! 

We were interested in exploring the interaction between the individual and their urban environment.  One’s everyday life can cause their physical surroundings to be assumed and then invisible due to the repetitive nature of social practice.  We developed a scheme to transform 14-16 Cowcross Street, aiming to facilitate a moment of self-realisation for the many daily inhabitants of Farringdon; not by interrupting a social practice per se but by holding up a ‘mirror’.  The architecture would be re-instated and used as a tool to reflect & comprehend one's position in the urban environment.

'We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things & ourselves … Soon after we can see, we are aware that we can also be seen.  The eye of the other combines with our own eye to make it fully credible that we are part of the visible world'
(Taken from ‘Ways of Seeing’, by John Berger)

Inspired by Berger, our installation encourages visual & physical connections in order to playfully animate one’s social & spatial awareness in the city context.  The art of perspective projection was utilised, the geometries of which become perfectly legible from one vantage point only.  Move from this point, and the message will distort into abstract forms, dissolving the individual back into their everyday experience.

interaction with the installation on the opening night

image projected on the facade: highlighting the window composition and the plan of the individual's interaction on the street

The installation started as the first line was drawn (22/06/12) and endured until the last line was removed (11/07/12).  The creation of the installation itself was deemed to be an event, as significant as the completed piece itself. 

creation of the installation

Throughout the creation of the installation, we engaged with many passers-by, developing relationships with some of the inhabitants that form Farringdon - from the local 'hoodies', Network Rail construction workers, the local drug dealer, commuters, the ABA caretaker, tourists - the list goes on.  It was a privilege to engage in a community who all actively appreciated and engaged with the installation we were creating.

interaction of the passer-by

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