Project Statement


Here begins with a few hundred photos that had been posted to Facebook and a story.

The story goes: in early 2012, I and my immediate family found ourselves in a peculiar geographical situation. With each of us living in different countries, a Facebook group became our main platform of communication, giving way to new family routines. For example, my father, whose office was in London by Waterloo Station, took daily lunch-time walks along the Thames. He documented his walks by snapping a photo of the Big Ben and posting it right away to our Facebook group. The Facebook notification then woke me immediately at around 7 AM Boston time: "Dad’s having lunch again", I would think for a moment before falling back to sleep. By early 2013 our family was reunited in London, the Facebook group was mostly dead, but my father kept to his routine until his company moved offices in September 2014.

Here maps a daily routine in time rather than in space. Images are organised by calendar day, week and year; white space notes their absence due to weekends, holidays and illness.The subject and composition of the photos being constant, small details become notable, including birds, planes, or floating soap bubbles from nearby vendors. Occasionally, these details record national events: two images from April 2013 show the flag of the Houses of Parliament flying at half-mast in commemoration of former PM Margaret Thatcher's death. Viewing this collection as a repository for information and the photographs as documents, Here considers theories of the archive.

The full collection of Big Ben photos is available on Flickr. Here was on view in the 2014 Slade Interim Show at the Slade Research Centre in London. This project idea was first formulated in 2013 at the Smart City Lab run by Close and Remote.