White Paint Spills in Public Places

16 Apr 2016 – 16 May 2016

Event times

24 hours a day, seven days a week

Cost of entry


London Arts Board

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses; 12, 36, 171, 345, 436

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Curated photography by Owen D Davey


White Paint Spills In Public Places is an ongoing research project and awareness campaign by Owen D. Davey. It has so far taken the form of an introductory essay film (https://vimeo.com/142940437 ) and instagram & facebook accounts to which photographs of found white paint spills are regularly uploaded by Davey and any members of the public who care to contribute. The project is concerned with observation over time, human behaviour and collective consciousness but remains to be reinterpreted. In part it shares a desire with another current project of Davey's, Headcase, which aims to find a less socially awkward, more British route towards ideas of mindfulness; Headcase is a series of unhelpful guided meditation sessions released monthly in collaboration with producer Sim Hutchins (No Pain In Pop Records). 

White Paint Spills In Public places was originally intended as an act of looking and became a photographic collection that people could follow on social media in order to encourage that act. To elevate a single image from the white paint spills collection to the position of exhibit is to counter that original intention. This adaptation will be critiqued in a new essay film that Davey will make and release during the London Art Board exhibition

Owen D. Davey is a film essayist and the founder of the psychogeographic film society www.videostrolls.com. He teaches on the Digital Film & Screen Arts degree at UCA Farnham and works in social care.

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For all works: www.oddavey.com

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