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SE1 Circuit

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SE1 Circuit

In 2002 the 8modern residents embarked on a walking tour of Bermondsey, and the map I devised for it evolved into this drawing. The figure eight design was a coincidence (arising from a desire to cross the same point on the map from two different directions) but I brought it to the fore in this piece.

SE1 Circuit (detail)SE1 Circuit (detail)Inspired both by old maps of South London and classical labyrinth layouts, this map works as a fantasy about the Bermondsey location. Initially traced from the London A to Z, I strategically blocked off, linked and wove the roads to create a maze structure. The only streets to remain true are those which form the figure-eight route of the walk, which can be traced even though it’s not highlighted. The finished drawing gives Bermondsey a twisted double-life and recaptures the maze-like feeling its streets and buildings held for me when I first moved to the area.

July 31st, 2005 | Residents, Barry Timms | No comments

Nocturnal Arithmetic: Venice by Night

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Let’s start with five I ask you to remember the number five. I tell you to subtract seven and add three. Then to add on four, subtract nine, and add another eight. Are we […]

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March 19th, 2005 | Residents, Essays, Reading Room, Barry Timms | No comments

BolwickArts One Viewing What Might Be

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There’s something to be said in favour of missing a private view if it means you can see a show properly. When I took in the grounds of Bolwick Hall there were few distractions. It […]

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November 26th, 2003 | Residents, Other Exhibitions, Reading Room, Barry Timms | No comments

Road, River, Rail

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From the window
Looking down the length of street
A railway bridge obscures the band
Where the Thames water would peep between two blocks.

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July 17th, 2003 | Residents, General, Reading Room, Barry Timms | No comments

Access Random Memory

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Eight Modern, the contemporary arts group, held its first collaborative exhibition.
Entitled Access Random Memory, the show is based around the themes of storage and retrieval, although each of the eight artists has taken a markedly […]

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December 11th, 2001 | Residents, Group Collaborative, Projects, Cher Adeyinka, Raof Ahmad, Maureen Beattie, Diana Henebury, Caroline Fisher, Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Snead, Barry Timms | No comments

getting from a to b - gwei-lo by gwei-lo

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Standing in the aisle of a jolting First Great Western carriage, I’m thinking that, were I a budding surfer, such a challenge to my balance might perhaps be useful. With my hip hitched on the […]

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March 9th, 2001 | Residents, Reviews, Reading Room, Barry Timms | No comments