Is this as far as you go?
Everyone has internal map of the space they inhabit. Imagined emotional and physical markers define streets we cross on our way to work or walking to the shops or park. Working in areas of the North East of England with a ‘strong sense of community’ I became aware that many of the residents would not venture beyond their area of town. Others would not cross certain streets within the community itself. So why in an areas that had claim to having such a strong sense of community were these barriers to access and movement so ubiquitous, impacting on the social structure of an area and even perhaps on work and social mobility. “Is this a far as you go?” came from a number of questions that arose from this self-regulation. What makes areas of the city no go areas? How do you decide on the parts of town that you belong to? Can being in a community in a city isolate socially and economically or is this even a desirable state for a community? How does a city overcome these barriers? Or does it serve the city to keep areas separate? In the Essay “Bodies-Cities” Elizabeth Grosz surmises
…”the cities form and structure provide the context in which social rules are internalized or habituated in order to ensure social conformity, or position social marginality at a safe or insulated and bounded distance (ghettoization).
These works seek to challange the audience to think about the way they negotiate the urban space they inhabit. To ask people to question the territories they have marked out for themselves. Using video projection into locations around Manchester we will create a number of temporary installations, each projection poses a question and invites the passerby to think about their space.
Pg 250 “Bodies-Cities” Elizabeth Grosz, “Sexuality in Space” Princeton Press Architectural Press 1992