STEPHAN WILLATS

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CONSCIOUS UNCONSCIOUS IN AND OUT THE REALITY CHECK - EXHIBITION AT MODERN ART OXFORD, 2013

interdisciplinary processes and theory from sociology, systems analysis, cybernetics, semiotics and philosophy.

STEPHAN WILLAT'S 'VISION AND REALITY' SERIES 

'Vision and Reality by Stephen Willats

It will come as no surprise to anyone who's read Concretopia that I am a fan of first person interviews with people who have created or lived in postwar buildings. The fashion is much more towards the visual: to record buildings on Instagram, for example, rather than to investigate what it was built for or what life is like for the tenants. Not that I have anything against that, of course, I love looking at pctures of architecture as much as the next geek. But I've been pleased to see a couple of recent publications bucking that trend ? using visual media to tell the story of the people and the place, rather than simply recording its coolness, or otherwise.

The first was Robert Clayton's book Estate, about the Lion Farm Estate,  where he'd recorded the lived of residents back in some midlands council flats in the early nineties. And now, just published, is another more extensive art project, by the artist Stephen Willats.'
Vision and Reality takes the form of photographs and interviews with residents, and each chapter opens with one of Willat's artworks, collages with text, photos and graphics to show the interrelationship between the residents and the way they live in their environment.
 
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