(Installation, MK50, Milton Keynes, 2018) film, tent, ripped architectural plans

This is a collaborative work about how we all try to be the architects of our own lives, just as the architects of MK tried to plan a utopian town, yet the best laid plans of mice and men…

The project was to mark the 50th anniversity of Milton Keynes. We chatted to members of the homeless community about how they feel about Milton Keynes, whilst ripping up some original architectural plans. Their thoughts are recorded and shown inside a tent, which is covered with the ripped-up plans. The result is a very human work about how the plans we make in life sometimes don’t work out as we’d hoped.

The title was suggested by one of the collaborators, a gentleman who found himself living on the steets after having recently been released from prison.

Utopianism and Milton Keynes are subjects I often return to in my work.

Many thanks to my collaborators, Rosemary Hill, Elliot Willis, OpenDoorMK, and all the lovely people who wanted to be involved and chat with us. The work was shown as part of MKFringe 2018.