Hostile Architecture




Sound and text installation installed into the ‘inbetween spaces’ of The Barbican foyers, the thresholds.

Borders, spikes, monitored spaces. Monumental water fountains, sculptures adorned with memory. Holes erupting from tarmacked walkways exposing the city’s raw underbelly. Ancient trackways adorned with newly erected monuments; piles of trash, mulch, a deep growling from below.

Increasingly we are instructed as to where and how we belong. Our city streets and public spaces create a visual landscape which pre-define our collective memory, architecture controls how we act and defines who is of the public. Communities become increasingly immaterial, happening in cyberspace on platforms which simultaneously collect our data and monitor our activity.

How to create a physical community when we do not have autonomy over the spaces in which we gather? Where do we belong?

This work explores sound and listening as a tool to create a temporary community, an ‘immaterial architecture of public space.’ Field recordings using contact mics connected to the architecture of The Barbican were amplified back within the space to create a temporary architecture of sound.




Photo Credit: Dani Harvey


Photo Credit: Dani Harvey 


Photo Credit: Dani Harvey