'Urban Terroir' began as part of my Masters work at Goldsmiths College researching visual representations of cities. The project sought to find a methodology for creating a portrait of a city that was somehow independent of a single vision. My continued interest in the systems which are shaping cities led to the use of digital image distribution networks as a source for the imagery.
Cities are iterative spaces, accumulations of history, politics, technology and experience. The practice of image making undertaken for this study was developed to echo this cumulative process.
By making decisions as to the source of the images and then mechanising the process by which they were selected, the process was designed to be simultaneously subjective and objective. The selected images would then themselves accumulate, building one upon the other to create an atmospheric sense of place.
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The images are at once intimate and removed, the majority have been taken by an individual but then depersonalised by their distribution over the internet. They became part of the pool from which images could be selected from by a decision taken by an individual, but then their final selection was determined by a digital algorithm, itself an amalgam of man and machine.
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Through this process of the intimate and detached, the personal and generic, man and machine, it is hoped that the images themselves can in some way replicate the experience of what it is to be in a city.
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