Every Second in Between
Every Second In Between was the first large scale public art commission for White City Place. Artist Kyung Hwa Shon used drawing, collage and digital manipulation to create a site-specific installation that combines fragments of recognisable local landmarks, urban landscape and street signage. Elements of the architecture of Television Centre and the Loftus Road Football Stadium is seen alongside road markings and brickwork from the Westway and nearby housing estates, making the installation simultaneously unexpected and familiar to passers-by.
Sourcing patterns, shapes and colours from the local built environment, Kyung Hwa Shon has created colourful abstract designs, that have been installed as huge vinyl stickers across the façade of a five-storey building and the outdoor seating in White City Place. The artwork continued with a large scale digital animation of the design inside The WestWorks’s lobby.
As research for Every Second In Between Kyung Hwa Shon spent two months walking around the area documenting her experience using drawing, photography and writing. Kyung Hwa Shon has a nomadic practice, routed in what it means to navigate urban space. She is inspired by the writer Charles Baudelaire’s 19th century concept of flânerie (the practice of walking in the city), and Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy book to create the fictional, faceless and genderless character of ‘Stillman’. Much like the concept of flânerie and through ‘Stillman’, Kyung Hwa Shon captures the human experience of walking through cityscapes, occupying urban space and what lies in between personal and communal experience when moving through the city.
Every Second In Between explores how the rise of privately owned public space increasingly blurs the boundaries between public and private experience by capturing the changing flows of people, traffic and information within the shifting landscape of massive regeneration. The artist demonstrates how people in White City are forming connections within this rapidly evolving urban environment – it is fast becoming a new commuter hub for creative individuals, whereas historically it has been home to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Every Second In Between also questions the balance between individual encounter and mass participation within the daily flow and collective movements of crowds.
Artist Kyung Hwa Shon in conversation with Dr. Filipa Matos Wunderlich
Cities are dynamic and complex systems layered through multiple temporalities, coexisting, overlapping and, disrupting each other.
Rhythms can assume diverse forms and affect bodies, materialities, social interactions, urban and natural cycles, mobilities and, more broadly, the experience of and in the everyday.
Reflecting on cities as space-time complexes and drawing on Henri Lefebvre’s research into everyday life and rhythmanalysis, the talk will explore how temporalities and, their expression through rhythms, can shape cities, as well as our experience and sense of a place.
Well-Being Walk guided by Ania Bas
A 45 minutes walk around hidden gems of White City led by artist Ania Bas. The walk brings together both workers and residents in White City and inspire participants to reflect on their own working lives as well as themes surrounding the Every Second In Between public art commission.
School of Arts & Humanities
MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2018
I'm interested in curating in the public realm and furthering my knowledge in the Saudi Arabian contemporary art scene.
For my graduate project, I co-curated the first large-scale public art commission in White City Place. As part of a team of 7 international curators we commissioned artist Kyung Hwa Shon to produce a digital animation and a large scale vinyl works. The project focused on exploring the various rhythms and temporalities of White City, and how the rise of privately owned public space increasingly blurs the boundaries between public and private experience by capturing the changing flows of people, traffic and information within the shifting landscape of massive regeneration.
For my dissertation, I focused on examining the exhibition practices of the contemporary Saudi art scene, and specifically how large-scale contemporary art exhibitions negotiate its position between the local and the transnational. This was done through analysing the curatorial approach and exhibition practices of three large scale contemporary art exhibitions between 2012 and 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
As the Founder of Sahaba Club -a dedicated space for female artists with a focus on art, critical thinking, and philosophy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I aim to take the conversation about art beyond the confined walls of a gallery space into the the public realm. This is done in Sahaba Club through a mix of curated temporary site-specific exhibitions and a public program which includes talks, workshops.
- BA Contemporary Media Practice, University of Westminster, 2015; Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Kingston College, 2012
- Founder of Sahaba Club, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2018; Assistant Curator, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2015–2016; KSA Development Coordinator, Filmatography, London, United Kingdom, 2014–2015
- Every Second In Between, Temporary Public Art Commission at White City, London, 2018; AlMangour: Loved & Beloved, Exhibition in the Urban Context, Saudi Art Week, Jeddah, 2016; Exclusion, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2015