How we use our urban space is a key concern today with the wide-held perception that space is a valuable commodity. ‘A Place Like All Others’ reflects on the types of places we create and how images of space, such as computer generated images and manipulated photographs, aim to influence our perception of what urban space should be. The work looks at two modern urban spaces in Europe, the Docklands in Dublin and Pasila in Helsinki, Finland, and the role of image in our understanding and perception of these spaces.
The work draws on testimonies of the people who use these spaces as their home or for work, as well as those charged with the construction of new places. Many of the photographs are occupied by a lone figure dressed in a shirt and tie, holding a briefcase in one hand and a mobile phone in the other. These images act as an allegory to demonstrate our growing relationship with modern urban space as one determined by the forces that build them. These forces are frequently in the form of global investment corporations who use space as a commodity to invest in and profit from, therefore, dictating the relationships we may have with these spaces.
The work is the outcome of a two year practice-based Master’s degree by research at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dún Laoghaire under the guidance of Dr. Justin Carville and Dr. Mark Curran.