10 Acts

Participatory public art project for Jubilee Square, Brighton, UK, 2013

  • Installation view. Photo: FrenchMottershead & Richard Rowland

  • Installation view. Photo: FrenchMottershead & Richard Rowland

  • Installation view. Photo: FrenchMottershead & Richard Rowland

  • Installation view. Photo: FrenchMottershead & Richard Rowland

  • Installation view. Photo: FrenchMottershead & Richard Rowland

An installation of photographs exploring personal moments in public space, made with local residents.

We all play our part in the street life of Brighton; quietly-significant events initiated by us, and staged at a particular time and place. It’s an everyday city that coexists with its public image – the pavilion, the pier and a reputation for the eccentric – where the streets are animated by the actions of the people who live, work and play here.

10 Acts began with a call for public participation; where locals talked with us about the range of ways they animate the public spaces around the North Laine neighbourhood. The square where a child chases seagulls away from his lunch, the bench used for early morning meditation, the busy street a woman used to escape unwanted attention; it’s the nuances of these mini-dramas that are key to this art project. From the initial conversations, ten individuals were invited to work with us to construct a photograph that would feature them and portray the moment where their private lives and the public stage of the street temporarily merged. Personal moments in public space.

The Participants: Yvonne D’Avilar, Toxish Doyle, Chris Ellis, Barry Hill, Michael Hobro, Llouis Muir, Ned, Sarah Richardson, Caroline Waters, Ron Winkworth

Thanks to: The Participants, Richard Rowland, Helen Medland, Tim Harrison, Abby Butcher, Eve Moss and all at The Basement, Tegen Hitchens, Meg Lavender, Maisie Cousins, Maya Nogradi, Craig Wye, Justine Rochester, Jamie Wyld, Natasha Ba-Abdullah, Poppy & Tey Muir, Reg McConachie, Paul Van der Weele and all others who gave their time to the project.

 

  • Earning

  • Meditating

  • Initiating

  • Commuting

  • Chasing

  • Wondering

  • Imagining

  • Freewheeling

  • Escaping

  • Falling