Crowd Crystal

2018 - 2019

A multi-channel video installation "Crowd Crystal" is a documentation of the performative action which I directed in London during 2017 - 2019 in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum vote. While personally experiencing the dynamic of the socio-cultural transformation, I looked at the mechanisms of social exclusion and contemplated the role of migrants in the current reality. 

Referencing video game aesthetics, the viewer follows a young female protagonist dressed in the uniform of the Polish Army, inline skating along the first historical border of the city of London (Londinium) retraced as a result of juxtaposing a map of the ancient metropolis against its modern counterpart.

Expanding upon Elias Canetti's "crowd crystals" concept introduced in the book "Crowds and Power", the figure of a lonely inline skating soldier becomes the embodiment of the potential we all carry within ourselves to influence change. 

Crowd Crystal, exhibition view 
Centrala Space, Birmingham 2019

Google Maps view, London, United Kingdom, 2018.
I marked the original shape of the Roman Wall on a contemporary London’s map.