Stephen Willats: 1970-2012: Coded Landscapes, Cybernetic Towers, and Urban Journeys examines this London-based artist’s practice, which investigated roles of audience, social location, and mass media in European cities. Social movements, second-order cybernetics, systems and information theory, conceptual art, and punk aesthetics all shaped Willats’ art, which in turn inspired current social practice art. He used film, collage, drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and situations to explore human interactions as well as interconnections in urban spaces and with machines.
Sharon Irish is an art and architectural historian and adjunct lecturer at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her most recent book is Suzanne Lacy: Spaces Between (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She has lectured in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, and has taught library and information science, and architecture and art history at the University of Illinois. Her previous publications include a book-length bibliography on medievalism in North American art and architecture, a monograph on the architect Cass Gilbert (Monacelli Press, 1999), a number of articles and book chapters on Gilbert, and essays on artists Anish Kapoor, Suzanne Lacy, Nek Chand Saini, Le Corbusier, and Stephen Willats.