ABOUT SOMETHING THERE IS THAT DOESN’T LOVE A WALL
This work looks at the construction of a new urban landscape in the area of King’s Cross; considering the connections between ‘place-making’ and the idea of a ‘non-place’, taking a psychogeographical approach. The visual essay investigates this landscape and its liminality, the walling out of difference and uncertainty, and the feeling it elicits that it is both hyperreal and unreal at the same time.
As they rebuild London there is a feeling for me that the developers are trying to pull order out of chaos, to establish a neat and tidy corner of this metropolis, in almost direct opposition with the idea of cities as places of multiplicity and variety. The story of this type of large-scale redevelopment seems to be one of control, of people, space and perception. We see this presaged during the construction period. Hoardings haunt the site, visible on every street and corner, marking boundaries and spaces you cannot go. Hoardings presenting false nature and idealised, unreal, images of the future neighbourhood. Hoardings masking mess and reminding you at every turn that this is not yet a place. It is under construction. Reality under construction, planned and pristine.
This leafy wall snakes its way through the site, somehow both humorous and sinister, reminding you at every turn that this is not a place. It is something inbetween.