Diane Arbus’s project proposal for 1963 Guggenheim Foundation grant application
On the early morning of the 28th of January a man has found death after he jumped 500ft from the top of the JP Morgan building. His name was Gabriel and only God knows why he did that. The only comment I can remember from the press is from a Canary Wharf worker interviewed by the Mail: “It was bonus week at JP Morgan last week so I hope it wasn’t to do with that”.
All the time I’m taking pictures around those buildings the police always get to stop me asking questions about my work and the reason I visit that place. They are there to protect corporations and their pavements. But they never mind what is happening inside those glass cages.
That is the problem anytime I hear the click of my camera:I know something is happening. This ‘accident’ is recorded under the form of the representation of reality, the self-one I mediate in a picture. And when you are investigating into the present - eventually - the future leaks out.
taken from my roof
Derek Jarman writing on Lucifer Magazine
sunday night at Canary Wharf
Dear boys and girls,
I’m researching into the perception of future and its relationship with inequality. This project tells about the life of Joe Mastorna - an imaginary character inspired by Federico Fellini - and the people I will meet during my journey. I’m looking for anybody that wants to share intimate perceptions of future and model for a portrait. Please, if you want to know more about this or collaborate pop in my studio in Clapham (London) or contact me at email@example.com.
Selfie: word of the year. Next will be greed, and after that… future. I guess to look into the mirror will get us free, unless the mirror is already broken. Merry Christmas and good end. xxx