Poppy French is a moving image-maker who grew up in London, UK. She studied BA Illustration where she discovered using film as a research tool to further her understanding of action, rhythm and space. Her work takes an investigative approach using diagrammatic drawings, photography and scans to visualize observations and to capture the essence of a place. Poppy French was a scholar of Fresh A.I.R. #4.
About the project
The Anatomy of Space
The Anatomy of Space is a project that explores the U-Bahn train line stations in Berlin. It investigates a visual language of transit spaces and the ways that people navigate through these urban landscapes. The aim is to uncover how people organize and orchestrate themselves when travelling on the U-Bahn and to identify the rhythms and patterns of activity that influence these transient actions. The project draws on the metaphor of a city being like the human body. Through a visual exploration and analysis of human movement, diagrammatical representations, drawings and sounds were distilled in order to assemble relational maps and connections between people as they travel through city spaces.
These representations have been combined into a moving image film and soundscape, which is designed to stimulate greater awareness of urban rhythm and experiences and enable us to reflect on the meaning that urban space holds for us.