Balfron Tower. Photo / Liamatom
As part of his ongoing series Crowd Theory, Terrill will use a medium format film camera to capture a detailed large-scale photograph of the Balfron and its residents. Using lighting rigs, a soundtrack and a reflector screen, the artist will spend an hour behind the camera, taking no more than ten photographs, and choosing just one for the final print. Those living in the Tower are invited to register on the website and take part in the action. What that "action" might be, however, is up to them: Terrill encourages participants to act as they will.
Terrill has hitherto worked only in his native Melbourne, but a chance reading of J.G. Ballard's High Rise led him to consider the tower block as a subject. Though eschewing the political aspect in discussing his work, it's significant that Terrill chose the Balfron over the Trellick: while the latter is established as a des-res for art and design-obsessed folk in Notting Hill, the former, stuck out in unfashionable Poplar, hasn't quite made the same transition. Yet as the Olympics approach, the area is likely to change drastically, and the Tower along with it. The Balfron Project might be among the last records of E14 before the burgeoning wave of gentrification breaks.