Howick Place

Performed in 5 August, 2010 @Howick Place London SW1

Howick Place is close to Victoria Station in London’s Westminster. During the day the public uses it as a short cut, or during a break from work, while every evening homeless people congregate on the street to get a free meal at the soup kitchen. I focused on this time to see if there was any discernable shift in the flow of human traffic and whether the presence of homeless people caused passers-by to temporarily alter their course. I held a sign with the text ‘on diversion’ written on it, a text which is routinely used for the city’s problematic bus service when people are “redirected from their normal route”. However, it was not until I spoke to some of the homeless people that I realised that for some of them it signified that they are ‘on diversion’ from life.