© Arturo Soto 2016
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“Anything can happen in life, especially nothing” 
- Michel Houellebecq, Platform

Modern cities are incommensurable places, and the challenges of representing them only increases with their size. Exhausting the myriad possibilities of a city like London is impossible, nothing short of “squaring the circle”, so I circumscribed this documentation to the particularities of my own experience. Inspired by the Situationist concept of psychogeography, I made a condensed visual diary of my daily commute to Bloomsbury, an area known for its many squares.

The series originates from the need to deemphasize the importance of events, focusing instead on the sites where experiences take place. Paul Virilio has stated that cities have no semantic voids, since everything in them is suggestive of meaning, which does not entail that all things are equally interesting in visual terms. My artistic gesture consists of arranging that surplus of signs into compelling ways, unhinging them from the present, and transfiguring them into images worthy of attention. The intention is to resist the visual authority of public spaces that normativize human activity so that the blind-spots that they create can come to the fore.

 
 
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