In 1973 the artist Tom Phillips took a map of his local area (Camberwell in South London) and drew a circle with a half-mile radius, with his house at its centre. He then set out and took a photograph at various intervals as he followed the circumference of the circle. He took photographs at 20 different sites. Every year, in the same week as his birthday, Phillips returns to the exact same spot and takes another photograph. This year he is 80 and is still walking the circle and taking photographs. The project – 20 Sites, n years – is a record showing urban change in a random selection of sites.
Ben Highmore will use this artwork as a starting point to think about what it means to live under conditions of both planned and haphazard change, of systematic and partial developments.
The talk will be followed by discussion with artist Rachel Barbaresi and Susanna Round relating these ideas to experiences during the 1960s demolitions of St Ebbe’s.