Playgrounds

We all have a relatively consistent sense of what goes on in office buildings, those models of efficiency, the polished spaces and high-profile interiors sheltering a smooth mechanism of hierarchies, workflows and trade secrets.
A sanctuary for productivity is what these buildings are there to provide, but after hours, with a lone guard on the ground floor, and the nightshift janitors haunting the corridors, the vacant spaces seem to emanate a sick soul, revealing the darker elements inherent in the pursuit of profit.

Playgrounds is a series of short films set in digitally reconstructed corporate office spaces. The project originates from a set of photos taken at night in the City of London, inspired by the uncanny atmosphere permeating the dry interiors of corporate offices after hours. Each film is an animated slow-motion tracking shot, imperceptibly moving through the corridors, rooms and lobbies of anonymous office buildings. Through the camera movement, traces of obscure human activity within alienating vacant spaces are revealed.

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Exhibitions / Screenings


Everything Is Under Control

Everything Is Under Control

Phytolitography device.

  • LABoral,
  • 2010.
Toys

Toys

Highlights from the 2005 bankruptcy auction of ENT International. A photographic essay.

  • Royal College of Art,
  • 2009.
playgrounds

Playgrounds

An alternative unsettling view of the modern productivity sanctuaries.

  • Royal College of Art,
  • 2009.
The City

The City

Amidst the constant rumbling noise of the HVAC systems, the other nature of corporate spaces is revealed.

  • Royal College of Art,
  • 2008.
playgrounds

Industrial Fragility

Mundane and obsolete household objects are given new importance by slight modifications of their established nature, creating a new loving tension between us and them.

  • Royal College of Art,
  • 2007.
radio

Corley's Radio

Mike Corley is a UK citizen and the author of the website five.org.uk where he keeps detailed stories on what he suspects being a campaign of harassment against him waged by the MI5, the British security service.

  • Royal College of Art,
  • 2007.
nanoPaper

nanoPaper

A paper-like bioengineered scaffold supporting the growth and preservation of skin cells.

  • Royal College of Art,
  • 2008.

Other projects I have worked on.

World Expo Shanghai Pavillion Walkways by Troika

Shanghai Expo - UK Pavillion

UK Pavillion walkways visualisation for Troika

  • Troika,
  • 2010.
Lampshade Robot

Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots

Collaboration with James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau for Material Beliefs

  • Material Beliefs, Auger-Loizeau,
  • 2008.
The Shirt

The MacGuffin Library

3D model for Noam Toran and Onkar Kular's MacGuffin Library.

  • Noam Toran and Onkar Kular,
  • 2009.
Show Artwork

Disruptive Thinking

Award-winning show created for 100% Design 2009, featuring projects from recent graduates of the Royal College of Art

  • 100% Design,
  • 2009.
nok8600

Nokia 8600 "Luna"

  • Nokia Design UK,
  • 2007.
Riquadro

Riquadro

My final BA project, designed and presented in 2004. Shortlisted and exhibited for the INDEX Award in 2005

  • ISIA Roma,
  • 2004.