Every Second In Between
A Public Art Commission by artist Kyung Hwa Shon
Every Second In Between is the first large scale public art commission for White City Place, an area home to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Currently undergoing rapid redevelopment, it is fast becoming a new hub where workers commute every day.
Artist Kyung Hwa Shon has produced a site-specific art installation distributed across the new public spaces in White City Place. She has created colourful abstract designs, installed as huge vinyl stickers across the façade of a five-storey building and the outdoor seating. The artwork continues with a large scale digital animation of the design inside The WestWork’s lobby. The artist has used processes of drawing, collage and digital manipulation to create a design that combines fragments of local buildings, urban landscape and street signage. The architecture of Television Centre and the Loftus Road Football Stadium can be seen alongside road markings and brickwork from the Westway and nearby housing estates, making it simultaneously unexpected and familiar to passers-by.
Kyung Hwa Shon has a nomadic practice, routed in what it means to navigate urban space. Her work captures the human experience of walking through cityscapes, the changing flows of people, traffic and information within the shifting landscape of massive regeneration and what lies in between personal and collective experience when moving through the city.
Every Second In Between is curated by Anna Dufour Montuori, Sara Thorsen Fredborg, Kate Gu, Niamh O’Driscoll, Afra Rebuscini, Wejdan Reda and Poppy Wu as part of the Curating Contemporary Art Programme MA Graduate Projects 2018, Royal College of Art & in partnership with Stanhope.
As a group of seven international female curators coming from different academic
and professional backgrounds, we approached the project with a vast range of
professional practice from art institutions, commercial galleries and art fairs, to
finance, business and architecture. Yet, this was our first experience in a public art
We started our project in White City by researching the areas’ history, its constituents and the nature of public and semi-public spaces. We were outsiders and temporal presences in a place without defined geographic boundaries on the map, a visible attribute and an identity or, maybe, with a lost one. This was precisely the moment in which we understood that it was not about defining or pinning down the essence of White City, but rather exploring what made it unique and different.
When looking at White City’s history, we noticed points of low and high activation over time. The high points being the 1908 Olympics and the Franco-British exhibition. After these events the land turned derelict, but was reactivated when BBC moved in in the 60s. Today, White City is still going through another redevelopment, and the landscape is continuously changing. Read More
Click HERE to download the initial artist brief