Retail Suburbia, 1' 43" - Looping (2012), Mechanically rifles through a ten year old new-town on the periphery of Greater London
Other than two 'Express' versions of the whatever supermarket world leader is in that year, as a resident of your new found settlement, all local and small scale amenities seem to be non existent in Chafford Hundred, like the planners forgot to pencil them in and cancelled all their prior arrangements, instead what the planners did have on the table was a very different vision.Just off a cliff to the east lies only the United Kingdom’s largest at-the-time retail fun fair Lakeside, with every big box name from Comet to Dreams grouped together in an onslaught, carved out of the once was chalky quarry. All your favourite brands in one, monolithic place. All those needs and requirements super-sized and unpersonalised, the death and reincarnation of the small town centre.But the feeling of knowing that nothing here heralds any substance lets you take a step back. And on a sunny afternoon in spring, when the orange bricks reach a point of saturation where they no longer look natural, you might feel like putting some Astroturf down too.