Camberwell Sequences v.1 (text art installation)

This site-speciffic conceptual text artwork was made in and for the particular place in London district of Camberwell as an effort to engage into informal contact with a local community. Texts were shown at nights on large screen through the window and they could be seen from an opposite area including a huge, 18-level house right in front of my rather small 3-level house.

The texts reflect on the particular psycho-geographic and emotional situation of the area that they were being shown in. They are my own insights and observations about experiences that are common to those who inhabit the particular locality. They also tell a story speciffic to the Place, for example: Camberwell Road is a main route to the Camberwell hospital so it is constantly being crossed by ambulance cars with extremely loud sirens, 24/7; right in front of my house there is a small garden filled with tall trees which were coppiced recently so the view from the windows and also the sound from the street is no longer blocked by the foliage; the area (as the the rest of London city) is densely inhabited by foxes and squirrels which had to addapt to the changes after trees were coppiced, etc.

The texts are constructed in a semantic loop so they could be repeated endlessly without jumps. The soundtrack is a field recording done in the same place and it is presented here as an accompaniment for this rendition – it is here to reflect the sonoric environment of the place.

…AND OUR WINDOWS
IN FRONT OF EACH OTHER
AS IF ENGAGED
IN A SILENT DIALOGUE
WHICH IS NOT SO SILENT
AFTER ALL
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS SILENCE HERE
WITH ALL THESE AMBULANCES
RUSHING AND SQUEALING
IT TOOK A WHILE
TO GET USED TO IT
WINDOWS HERE
ARE NOT THAT GOOD
IN PROTECTING YOUR EARS
AND DREAMS
FROM OUTSIDE
TREES USED TO DO IT
BUT THEY ARE NAKED NOW
NO FOLIAGE TO HIDE IN
SQUIRRELS AND FOXES
ARE EVEN MORE NERVOUS NOW
ONLY CROWS LOOK CONFIDENT
ON THESE STUMPS
WHICH LOOK LIKE CHOPPED LIMBS
I WONDER
HOW DOES THIS PLACE LOOK LIKE
FROM THE TOP
PROBABLY MISERABLY
COMPARING TO HORIZON
SILENCE AND HORIZON
ARE RARE TO FIND HERE
ONLY THE MULTITUDE OF US…

© Tomas Čiučelis, 2010

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