Still, Sentient City, 2013. Image credit: Tom Wolseley
Sentient City is a video piece that transects London, shot between Hackney Road in the east and Walworth Road in the south, with a narrative that juxtaposes the personal, economic and political processes of the city. … A 30 minute slow tracking shot of the street records … the transitions within the city, from social housing, to corporate HQ’s, Tower Bridge to the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. This meditative visual image, like looking from the window of a taxi, is accompanied by a narration that explores the multiple processes at work in the city.
– Artrabbit, October 2013
Sentient City is a film essay conceived and excecuted by Tom Wolseley in collaboration with social geographer Martine Drozdz and ethnographer Dr Kristen Eglinton. Wolseley’s practice is based in Walworth. Combining his latent knowledge gained from daily surroundings with engagement with the New Hanbury Project, Hackney. The film traces by night the trajectory between these two locales.