WATERLOO AND CITY

[PRIVATE THOUGHTS IN PUBLIC SPACES]

WATERLOO AND CITY

[PRIVATE THOUGHTS IN PUBLIC SPACES]

WATERLOO AND CITY

[PRIVATE THOUGHTS IN PUBLIC SPACES]

INTRODUCTION

Waterloo and City [ Private Thoughts in Public Spaces ] tells a story of recollections evoked by places and buildings; of walking through a city and journeying across time. The Artist proposes that place is often the primary locus of our memories and observes the volatile and unexpected ways in which we recall places we have left. She considers our use of and response to public spaces and explores the notion that corporate buildings and their carefully masked power structures exert control over us.

Originally shown as an installation, Waterloo and City [ Private Thoughts in Public Spaces ] comprises a series of four artist’s books accompanied by immersive sound from field recordings overlaid with voice narration by the Artist. Dual screens show City commuters at both ends of the working day.

Waterloo and City offers an insight into a daily experience familiar to tens of thousands of City workers and seeks to illuminate the manifold personal narratives and memories we carry through crowded cities. The Artist makes oblique reference to the gendering of space, celebrating the role of the female flâneur. She reflects on the Sisyphean endeavours of the individual in a commodity driven culture and ponders the durational effects of commercial advertising pollution in our cities as they are progressively transformed into environments of pure consumption. She encourages us to look beyond the façades of structures that profoundly influence how we live and work. Her work asks us to be mindful of our response to the built environment, to be aware of the dominance and collusion of the construction industry and to consider the powerful effects of architectural vanity projects.

Contextual Statement  

MEDIA

Waterloo and City
[Private Thoughts in Public Spaces]

The Unremarkable Smoothness of Newsprint

Lacuna

Beautiful Inside My Head

Waterloo and City
[Private Thoughts in Public Spaces]

The Unremarkable Smoothness of Newsprint

Lacuna

Beautiful Inside My Head

Waterloo and City
[Private Thoughts in Public Spaces]

The Unremarkable Smoothness of Newsprint

Lacuna

Beautiful Inside My Head

BIOGRAPHY

Deborah Stevenson is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer whose practice is primarily concerned with our experience and memory of place. Her work proposes that places are often the primary locus of our memories and that architecture functions as an archive of personal histories and a collective past.

Taking extended walks through cities, she spends time writing, reading and listening in their buildings and public spaces. Drawing on the ideas of writers, thinkers and architects, she produces narratives inspired by places using text, image and sound to create immersive artist’s books.

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