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Why queue for the view when the view is already there? ‘View’ was a brain teasing installation, puzzling, entertaining but with deeper layers of interpretation.
A one-off, temporary installation invites you to become an authorised viewer of the landscape. But why, when the view is free?
‘Access controllers’ and ‘pedestrian barriers’ are physical tools used to control and guide flows of people. They can also be interpreted as psychological tools used to control and guide sociological movement and thought. The Lake District and such remote areas are places we go to escape, yet are still subversively directed in our movements, both physically and psychologically – scenic routes and well known view points, tourist guides and brown signs. Society – whether in an urban or rural environment – demands that we are directed and signposted.
‘View’ questioned the visitor about their own self-positioning within the sociological guidance systems that we are accustomed to, and rediscover what might already be there.
Produced for FRED 2005 – a site specific festival of installation around Cumbria, co-founded by Steve Messam and Kate Gilman Brundrett.