Participatory Projection

Home Sweet Home

Shared Space & Light (UK)


On a quiet residential street, a red brick terraced house came alive with true stories from across the country. 

Everyone has something to say about their home and where they live. Taking over a house in Durham city centre, this video-mapped projection guided audiences through the lives of a selection of local people. Funny, serious and by turns surprising, the transformation moved through different architectural and social contexts as we encountered citizens of County Durham in their various domestic circumstances.

21 participants, representing a broad spectrum of County Durham residents, were video interviewed against a portable green screen studio for this installation.  The edited stories about their home life, sometimes funny, serious, startling or even mundane, formed the inspiration for Home Sweet Home Durham.

Approximately 10 minutes in duration on a continuous loop, it followed a similar project last year, Home Sweet Home Aylesbury which allowed locals to become the star of the show whilst reflecting on life in the area.
Shared Space & Light are dedicated to pushing the creative boundaries of video mapping. The team is comprised of  award-winning artist, Chris Grottick, designer Giles Thacker, who specialises in site specific designs and Katie Laird, a creative producer. Their work actively encourage direct participation from the general public in an attempt to blur the boundaries between ‘artist’ and ‘audience’.

“A special thank you to County Durham Housing Group, Derwentside Homes and the Chester le Street and District Area Action Partnership who made this project possible and introduced the artists to many of the remarkable people who appear in the installation.”


Kate Harvey, Producer, Artichoke


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