Jan Allen

Neighbourhood Watch

15 May  Р30 June, 2004

Neighbourhhood Watch, an installation and performance project by artist Jan Allen, enacts theatrical tendencies that infuse the relationship between private domestic space and the street. The open performance ran from 3-5pm on May 15th, and the residual stage remained on view to 30 June. Neighbourhood Watch uses old-fashioned analogue surveillance to enact the idea of neighbourhood as a network of mutual observation in which proximity breeds awareness of habits and associations.

The Neighbourhood Watch performance on 15 May blended conceptual art practice with drop-in neighbourhood social: guests circulated between positions as audience, performing subjects, and celebrants.

Jan Allen is a Kingston-based visual artist, curator and writer residing in Kingston. She was the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre until 2012 and is currently its Director. Her work has been presented in ten solo and numerous group exhibitions since 1990. Her independent critical writing has been published in C Magazine, Artext and Poliester.