Pelican Stairs: A Wapping Great Pandemic Memoir

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Artist's statement describing the "Pelican Stairs" project, published in the conference proceedings for Generative Arts.

Pelican Stairs is a multimedia art project started during the depths of Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. I took photos of my local neighbourhood, Wapping in London, on my daily walks between March and September. I often visited the Thames shore area by climbing a set of steps known as Pelican Stairs. Using those photos as a training set, I generated new images with a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), which I paired with excerpts from my diary during the same period. The unsettling, almost real images contrasted with the mundane reality of the diary entries allow the viewer to viscerally (re)experience the inherent tension between an increasingly uncertain external reality and internal attempts at control or sense-making through normal, everyday habits. The project is hosted at
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXXIV Generative Art 2021
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of XXIV GA Conference
EditorsCelestino Soddu, Enrica Colabella
Place of PublicationRome
PublisherDomus Argenia
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9788896610435
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2021
EventGenerative Art 2021 - Cagliari, Italy
Duration: 15 Dec 202117 Feb 2022
Conference number: XXIV


ConferenceGenerative Art 2021
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