martin firrell

i want to live in a city where...

july 2006

national gallery london

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I Want to Live in a City Where... was commissioned by the Mayor of London for the Trafalgar Square Festival, 2006.

Each of the project's statements was projected onto the south elevation of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London, on the evenings of 5 and 6 July 2006.

The project explored a wish-list of liberal policies that could be said to constitute an ideal or perfected version of London. The overall project aim was to share an ambitious, artist-led agenda for civic agitation, review and renewal.

The work examined the importance of gender equality: I Want to Live in a City Where... Half the People in Charge are Women.

It called for greater diversity and tolerance: I Want to Live in a City Where... All Our Lives Are Properly Regarded as Priceless; I Want to Live in a City Where... Fear has No Place and No Power.

It championed robust civil liberties: I Want to Live in a City Where... No One Can be Held without Trial; I Want to Live in a City Where... Immigration is Regarded as a New Source of Strength.

I Want to Live in a City Where... was designed to occupy base position on the National Gallery's main portico suggesting an ideological foundation for the rising pillars of the south elevation.

The text was revealed and concealed by a line of animated scarlet discs echoing the leader dots... of the project's title.

I Want to Live in a City Where... called for a city and civic life characterised by tolerance and inclusion for all, particularly for individuals or communities that might be regarded as 'other'.