Locality

A site-specific walking tour that demonstrates the day-to-day experiences of citizens within a fictional service to organise and co-inhabit private space. This project questioned the temporary use of public and private space, immersing participants in a parallel reality. The border between fiction and reality is blurred through real-time participation and performance using SMS technology. Direct interaction with local shopkeepers and public servants creates an immersive first-hand experience of the Locality service.

The reality of modern citizenship is temporary social behaviour, nomadic preferences and the co-habition of private and public space. In response to this trend, Locality was created as a fictional, state-run service that facilities the continual movement of personal, domestic and commercial belongings. Beneath the promise of absolute freedom comes real-time tracking and movement intervention of citizen location and destination.

Created with: Debbie Ding and Ekaterina Demina

Video documentation of an initial prototype in Stockwell, London.

Video documentation of an initial prototype in Stockwell, London.
Video documentation of an initial prototype in Stockwell, London.
Photo documentation of existing structures in the city, through a walking tour in Stockwell, London. A temporary structure, a salon, available to citizens at alternative hours.
Photo documentation of existing structures in the city, through a walking tour in Stockwell, London. A temporary structure, a salon, available to citizens at alternative hours.
The experience was delivered through SMS to simulate the real experience of a speculative digital service.
The experience was delivered through SMS to simulate the real experience of a speculative digital service.
Engagement with local communities centres and shopkeepers to develop a localised immersive stage for the performance. Using signage, posters and architectural interventions.
Engagement with local communities centres and shopkeepers to develop a localised immersive stage for the performance. Using signage, posters and architectural interventions.
Constructed artefacts placed inside a shared home, featuring the hourly schedule and cohabitation times for existing and potential citizens.
Constructed artefacts placed inside a shared home, featuring the hourly schedule and cohabitation times for existing and potential citizens.