Peter Downsbrough, ‘OCCUPIED’, 2000, mfc - michèle didier
Peter Downsbrough, ‘OCCUPIED’, 2000, mfc - michèle didier


16 mm film blown up to 35 mm, 18’37’’
Limited edition of 8 copies in Betacam SP or digital Betacam
In Occupied, Downsbrough shoots “la cité administrative”, a Brussels administrative complex built in 1958. The framing emphasizes the architecture of the site, while slow travelings reveal a deserted place. Filming this pure inhabited architecture provides strong experience of time and space.

Image rights: ©2000 Peter Downsbrough and les Maîtres de Forme Contemporains (mfc-michèle didier) and Le Fresnoy

Produced and published in 2000 by les Maîtres de Forme Contemporains (mfc-michèle didier) and Le Fresnoy

About Peter Downsbrough

Trained as an architect, the conceptual sculptor and photographer Peter Downsbrough creates spatial interventions with a minimalist visual vocabulary of letters and lines. Using adhesive black letters to form words, and clothtape to form lines, Downsbrough applies them to walls, floors, and ceilings, playfully responding to existing architecture, reconfiguring spaces, and subverting the conventional logic of these linguistic elements. His installation GAUGE/OT (2009) features the word “Gauge” printed vertically and sliced down the middle, its mirror image adhered to an adjacent wall; the other half of it runs along the inside of a diagonally placed square. “The word for me is an object,” he has said. “It has both a precise and a vague meaning. It is a universe one is confronted with.” He also produces artist books composed of text, line drawings, maps, and photographs of urban space.

American, b. 1940, New Brunswick, New Jersey, based in Brussels, Belgium