No Such Thing (2016)

HD video, 2:30

Red Road flats, in Glasgow (UK), represented the post-war optimism that social engineering through construction could revolutionise the experience of the pre-war poor, and transform them into equal partners in change, an educated and involved citizenry. The demolition of Red Rad flats represented the combination of 1980’s “there is no such thing as society”, with housing re-modelled as individual choice. Using a visual narrative I employed the idea of game menace within the construct of a cybernetic dialectic of growth and decay. Games usually employ the trope of the individual confronting the world, and destroying and threatening elements.

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