THE SPATIAL PATTERN
MAIN INSTALL: Room 222 (Sound Diffusion Lab) DMSA Building, 2nd Floor, Grand Parade
PROJECTION TEASER: 1st Floor, Edward Street, City Campus
Viewed from above, every place on Earth is blanketed with thick layers of microspatial organization arising not just from administrative convenience but also from the imposition of political power, cultural domination, and social control over individuals, groups, and the places they inhabit.
The neglect of the nonhuman world in discussions of the cosmopolitan city is symptomatic. This opposition between ‘civilization’ and ‘wilderness’ is reproduced within the city when we make rigid distinctions between the built form of urban spaces and the parks, gardens and other green spaces that seem more natural. The first is termed ‘artificial’ and the latter ‘natural’, and taken together they are believed to be in a state of uneasy coexistence. A dichotomy of this kind neglects the fact that urban open space, no matter how green and full of life, is structured by and predominately for people.
The Spatial Pattern explores the socioeconomic inequalities of London’s open green spaces based on quality and accessibility. Combining hanging photographs and ambisonic sound showering the audience from multiple ceiling speakers, this project looks to create an immersive exhibition that brings awareness to the growing inaccessibility of diverse natural spaces for residents of urban environments. With a focus on those without resources to gain easy access. This project is the reality for many residents of London and so the project looks to offer an insight into the differences on city and rural life.