Single screen, HD, stereo sound, 17:30'
216 Westbound is concerned with how the physical and psychological effect of a major act of violence can be traced through embodied experience, media appropriation and State control. The work explores how the profound affects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) experienced by John Tulloch, a survivor of 7/7 London bombings, can amplify another, less visible but powerful affect of the attacks: the mapping of a topography of latent threat and fear onto space. The explosion caused dramatic shifts in John’s sensory perception of time and space, his body embedded with fragments of glass, his eardrums ruptured, he is unable to look up at the sky. The assault on his body and sense of self was further exacerbated through the subsequent global media dissemination of an image of his injured body. His image used to promote the 90 days without charge anti-terror bill, legislation that he strenuously opposed. The work moves from fragmented memory and trauma trapped inside the body through the loss of agency and appropriation of voice to the further institution of State powers of constraint, to explore the intensification of a sense of threat, diminished personal space, and the hyper-vigilance that results.
Commissioned by Animate Projects