Past Standing by Lucy Gibson
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About : Two figures stand motionless in a courtyard. The City spins its daily routines around them as they stare fixedly at each other. Locked by a shared past but without any present, these two near strangers exist for each other only in memory yet their physical presence in this place is heightened because of their chance meeting.
Taking the hybrid public/private space of an office courtyard, ‘Past Standing’ is a fictional narrative that addresses the conflict between remembered time and real time. Moving between past and present tense, between memory and reality, it creates a space in which we can exist for a short time as we read. We join the other users of this square, spinning around the central characters, observing them from the varying perspectives of him, her and the CCTV camera.
Published July 2003
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