A Terrain Vague in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems, 2017
Stack of 2000 A3 Photocopies in 6 Variations
Taking inspiration from Martha Rosler's piece, The Bowery in Two Inadequate Descriptive Systems, Terrains Vagues employs a combination of appropriated text and fragmented imagery to critique representations of so called 'dead zones' by city planners and developers.
The text - taken from documents by the council and property developers regarding the transformation of the site into a regimented london park and luxury apartments - has been reconfigured from the beauraucratic language of official documents into short poems by the artist, which emphasise the violent transformations of a nebulous and multifaceted social space into a succession of strategies, designations and value judgements. These texts were accompanied by images documenting the space's desire lines (paths formed by walking), its temporary shelters and the microcosmic worlds it encompasses.
The piece - presented within the space which it aims to document - took the form of a stack of posters in six variations free for any passer-by to take.