PHrases: Move On, 2006
Projecting videos in non-conventional public environments challenges the standards of what can and cannot be an art space.
In addition it allowed me an opportunity to explore the impact of this kind of new media interface on urban space and the use of public space as a medium of expression.
The screen, which is part of the Public Space Broadcasting Project, involves the BBC and local councils that manage the video content. Known as The Big Screen Manchester, it is located in Exchange Square, where thousands of brits pass by everyday.
This piece animates the words, "Move on…there's nothing to see," and ends with the screen turning red. The work is a play on the space and people passing by and has a hidden reference to the IRA bombing that destroyed much of the square in 1996. In addition, the phrase suggests that, as contemporary art, there is "nothing to see."