A site-specific simulation for Open Source 2015
Interactive video installation at Gillett Square, 2-3 May 2015, 2-11pm
Forgotten nightclubs. Neon-lit music venues. Turkish hangouts. Wild gardens. Rendered through a first-person perspective, this latest chapter of Lek’s ongoing Bonus Levels project reflects on the sense of collective amnesia brought about by perpetual redevelopment in Dalston.
This site-specific simulation brings together multiple histories of the area into a single zone: primordial forests, immigrant neighbourhood, deluxe apartments. As players roam around this video game utopia, a voiceover extracted from Alain Resnais’ film Hiroshima Mon Amour speaks to them about the nature of memory. It is a gradual, but relentless, sense of forgetting that comes with any form of urban regeneration.