Peripheries & Perception

Peripheries & Perception was an installation I produced for the Royal College of Art 2015 Work-in-Progress Show. 

For this piece I explored how I could hide a discreet, low-resolution method of surveillance into the top corner of the RCA gallery. I did this by installing a grid of reflective panels which were laid out into a 4x5 grid. Each panel within the 20-panel system was hung at a deliberate angle to broadcast one area of the gallery to a user below. 

The project was primarily a test exploring materiality and perception within a gallery, but the experiment will move forward to inform my MA final show piece.

The caption text from the piece:

The city is a dense and complex network of private units, public spaces, and streams of infrastructure. Though we constantly pass through these different spaces and their usage changes by program, unless explicitly told so, we are entirely unaware of ownership within the city.
Peripheries & Perception explores spatial surveillance through the broadcasting of occupant's movements within the gridded space and begins to explore what is lost when public space is privately controlled.
Looking up at the 4x5 mirrored grid floating above.

Looking up at the 4x5 mirrored grid floating above.

The grid of the hanging tiles was translated and numbered onto the floor directly below.

The grid of the hanging tiles was translated and numbered onto the floor directly below.

Obfuscation of the space through the panels.

Obfuscation of the space through the panels.

Numbers on the floor throughout the gallery connected visitors back to the corresponding panel.

Numbers on the floor throughout the gallery connected visitors back to the corresponding panel.

The 20 panel hanging mirror grid displaying the gallery.

The 20 panel hanging mirror grid displaying the gallery.