Accepted Paper:

Democracy Wall  
Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths)

Paper short abstract:

'Democracy Wall' explores spaces of awkwardness and dissent, in part reflecting my own uneasiness about the nature of modern British urban life. Moreover, the photography project considers commentaries about the speed of urban change, of regeneration, gentrification, memory, politics and history.

Paper long abstract:

For some time I have been interested in spaces of awkwardness and dissent, in part reflecting my own uneasiness about the nature of modern British urban life. We so often hear commentaries about the speed of change, of regeneration and gentrification, and walking through some of England's cities, my camera has afforded me the opportunity to reflect not only on what is in front of the lens, but also that which is overlooked and considered outside of politics and history. This photography project, 'Democracy Wall' starts from a premise that humans and their material cultures perform being; and looking for the remarkable within the everyday, place themselves within utopic narrations of a future, possible world.

Panel P077
Urban Memories: Mobility, Materiality and Photographic Practice