E8: The Heart of Hackney

Emily Cole . Gary O'Connor . walkwalkwalk . Laura Oldfield-Ford .
Tom Hunter . Barbaresi & Round . Hilary Jack . Matthew Stock

16 June - 15 July 2007 Fri-Sun 12-6pm

Matthew Stock

Stock is interested in the link between surveillance cameras and location. 'Take the concourse level at Tottenham Court Road station,' he says. 'There are surveillance systems in place that will track your movements through, within and around the concourse. If your movements do not follow a pre-determined norm a signal is sent to the Underground police and they are dispatched to investigate. Yet surveillance can only detect the location that you inhabit at the present time. It cannot know your intended location in the future or indeed in the past.'

By making his location Regent Studios itself, Stock is documenting a particular extremity of E8. Transition Gallery not only sits on the border of the postcode's boundary, it also sits on the edge of Hackney itself. Regent Studios is a brutal building that looms over the Regent Canal - a modern day fortress with its dirty watered moat. 'It is as if the canal is protecting E8,' says Stock. 'It would have once been the trade route for business and communication, but it would also have defined a way of life and a community. Now it sits in its twilight years kind of disregarded, almost lonely, maybe thinking back to its heyday. It does of course have a role within today's modern age and it is about protecting but also about defining.'

Charlie Porter

From 'E8 A Modern Mess' in the publication E8: The Heart of Hackney