Matthew Picton makes Paper Cities, urban narratives, aerial views that relate directly to an historical event, a piece of art, music, literature that helped define that city. To do that he uses books, newspapers, film stills, whatever is the most appropriate to represent that given moment that defines the city.
In the images above you have a map of Dublin in 1904 built out of extracts from James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, Lower Manhattan created from headlines that accompanied the 2001 World Trade Center disaster and DVD covers of the film ‘Towering Inferno’ as well as book covers of the novel ‘The Plot Against America’ by Philip Roth and Venice made with text from ‘Death in Venice’ by Thomas Mann and the music score from Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice opera.
On his website the statement has this to say:
Cities are often described as living organisms; viewed as subject rather than object. Matthew Picton engages with this tradition of humanising the city by deconstructing the clean, uncompromising aesthetic of the cartographic city plan and imbuing it with the unique history and culture of each place.
Picton depicts these cities as active participants, affected by outside sources and shaped by their internal social structure. The city becomes a subject and an entity of its own.
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