Anne Hardy – Sensory Spaces (essay)


Sensory Spaces 13: Anne Hardy  
By Nina Folkersma
Published by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 2018

“We decide to take a stroll through the neighbourhood, because this is how Hardy usually sets to work: she begins with a mapping process, going in search of places and pieces of land that in some way are situated somewhere ‘in between’. Places that have been forgotten and no longer have a clear function, which she calls ‘pockets of wild space’. This is where she collects materials, sounds and stories; building blocks for her new urban narratives. Her inspiration comes from her daily walks through the East End, a part of the city that she has seen change in the last few decades from a rundown area into an ultra-trendy district, and from literature too. During our walk she talks about her favourite books and authors – Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard, Remainder by Tom McCarthy, The City & The City by China Miéville and pretty much everything by Haruki Murakami. What she recognizes in these books is the feeling that other versions of reality exist alongside our tangible reality. For instance, we can all share the same city, but at the same time we have created our own worlds, some of them totally invisible to others. The city is a place that is unique to each of us, where concrete, visible facts – in the form of buildings, streets and people – merge with reminiscences and fictional stories, including the things we make up about our own lives.”

You can dowload the booklet here

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