A Series of Successive Transcriptions
Transparency film on lightbox
“A Series of Successive Transcriptions” is inspired by the working methodology that I created for an ongoing large-scale project that I am working on in Balfron Tower. At the outset, I proposed that the project should be undertaken by exploring the rhizome-like connections that I believed to exist, and that are constantly in a state of flux within an urban high-rise community. At the outset of the project I encouraged a number of tower residents to take part, anticipating that it would develop through word-of-mouth encounters, spreading throughout the building until the completion of the project coincided with the rapidly approaching redevelopment and the end of this stage in the buildings life. Amongst my research aims were an exploration of the inter-connectedness of a community and its subsequent disintegration in the face of impending relocation and gentrification.
“A Series of Successive Transcriptions” evolved out of this working methodology, and the increasing realisation that in order to achieve my ultimate goal I would be forced to make compromises to the integrity of this process.
By focusing on emblematic details in and around the tower, “A Series of Successive Transcriptions” explores the truncated connectivity within a community by presenting an everyday familiarity of the tower, as experienced by its residents. The repetition, patterns and structure of the lightboxes portray my experience of living in the tower and observation of my own movements around the building as I integrate myself into this fractured community. This project is in an attempt to gain a greater understanding for this vibrant and dynamic machine for living.
Installation images from ICN Gallery, London. 2012.
In 2018, I was commissioned to write Artwash and the Rhizome (the Social Cleansing of Poplar), which was delivered on stage at Rich Mix in Tower Hamlets, London for the East End Film Festival, 2018.
You can read it here.