Citizens

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city

2001

Incorporating digital imaging, new writing, and the web Citizens investigates the notion of a virtual city, an online environment with a ‘living’ populace.

Based around an ever-expanding series of poems by writer Steven Sheil (see below) inspired by experiences of city living, Citizens is a moving, living, mutable entity, with its own internal timezone, transport system and methods of navigation.

Extracts from the development of Citizens were projected onto the glass link building at Broadway during the period of research and development in November 2001, part of Now Festival. 2001

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A RAINY DAY, AN ELDERLY MAN SLIPS
AS HE ENTERS THE BOOKSHOP

His smooth-soled shoe slid
from the wet metal

W set in
the pavement, that leg

sent sideways across
him, its momentum

tipping him backwards,
unready instinct

panicking his hands
into a twin grasp

at insubstantial
air, his body’s skewed

architecture framed
for that moment by
the shop’s sliding doors

Y

She pushes twins,
lets her flip-flops
flap the pavement

while he talks to
his mother on
the mobile. The

mid-morning sun
sweats the small of
her back, wetting

his fingers as
he hitches up
the waistband of

her leggings to
cover the taut
Y of her thong

BACK TO LIFE

In the aisles of Everything’s £1
a grandmother, 45, stops and

stares towards the till, eyes narrowing,
presses two fingers to her ear. As

shoppers squeeze their baskets past her she
kicks back the wheellocks on her hooded

pushchair and draws a chewed tape from the
walkman on her hip. Scowling, fingers

wedged in the spools, she starts to wind the
slack which spirals towards the shop’s floor

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