John Foxx: The Arcades Project

Quiet Man Music

The Arcades Project by John Foxx takes its title from the book by Walter Benjamin, exploring 19th-century Parisian arcades, modernity, consumer culture, and urban life. Foxx’s music and accompanying text express the atmosphere and concerns of the book, along with his own take on its significance in our age, his thoughts on flâneurism, chance, and the creative process. The images, taken from the public archives of Rijksmuseum and Newcastle Libraries, are digitally manipulated to evoke the experience of the album and book.