Founding member of The Office of Re-opening, a fictional consultancy firm that took up residence in Yallops Gallery in Norwich for 2 weeks in December 2012. The firm conducted work in response to the site of the gallery with consideration to the previous lives of the building and its situation on St. Augustines Street.
OFFICE OF RE-OPENING
Text written by Isabella Martin
2012, Public campaign
The intention of the campaign is to inform the viewer of issues surrounding the privatisation of public space, and to encourage the audience to think about their use of urban space.
The work takes the form of a newspaper, posters, postcards and stickers distributed in the public realm, and prints for exhibition.
“The urban environment is a precise emotional condition. Being in the city feels a certain way”*
The urban environment acts as a stage on which citizens’ daily lives are acted out. As the structures and processes which these lives depend on shift, the way we exist in and interact with the city changes: the public’s role in the city is modified. The aim of Clean and Safe is to encourage the viewer to question and rethink their relationship with urban space, to consider their role in the city, and the cities role in their daily life. The project exists primarily in the public realm, as it involves an active audience’s engagement.
* Adam Caruso, ‘The Emotional City’, Quaderns, 228 (2001), 8-13 (p.8).
CLEAN AND SAFE
‘End of the Line’ aims to remap the parts of London that are often forgotten;
the parts we are familiar with through tube announcements but generally go
unexplored. The purpose of this series of images is to remap the outskirts
by using people that journey to these places, using the structure of going to
an end station of every tube line, and then following a person in each place,
documenting their movements and actions as they walk. The project aims for
the viewer to be guided by anonymous strangers through these nine areas at
the end of nine different tube lines. The route each person takes plays a role
in defining our perception of the place, whatever his or her destination. ‘End
of the line’ examines how we interact with places, and how the outskirts of it,
as well as the centre, form the identity of a city. The project is a different way
of experiencing place, and contrasts two different forms of travel- the act of
walking around a place and the structure of reaching each place by tube. The
subjects guide the viewer around the area, taking them with them on everyday
journeys – to work, to the shops, or to a destination we never see. ‘End of the
line’ provides a way to arrive at these places on the borders, giving the viewer
an entry point to generally unfamiliar areas. In a city such as London, where
the focus tends to be on the centre, the project aims at exploring and shifting
focus to the borders of the capital city, the ‘End of the Lines’.
Waiting explores liminality, the state of being in-between. Isolated figures are captured in public spaces, caught between different points: in-between physical spaces (on transport), waiting for a bus, waiting for the time to pass, for someone, or for something to happen.
END OF THE LINE