Simon Terrill's work is a photographic engagement with groups and crowds that has involved large scale orchestrated gatherings of communities in specific sites and also images of groups of people captured in motion, unaware of the camera's presence.
Crowd Theory is one such ongoing series of photographic performance events exploring ideas of community and the nature of crowds. Each staging involves up to 400 people who are particular to the site of that production. For each event, a time and place has been specified and a group of people are assembled, but their specific actions onsite are left undirected and uncontrolled. Through this random orchestration of bodies in site-specific venues, Crowd Theory seeks to expand upon accepted definitions and perceptions of what it is that constitutes a community and how this converges with the notion and implications of a crowd.
Recently he collaborated with Turner Prize winning Artist Group Assemble, for the exhibition The Brutalist Playground: an immersive installation of post-war playground structures recreated in foam, accompanied by a film of archival images from the RIBA’s archive.