Brisley was one of ten artists commissioned by Camden Arts Centre to 'examine present day society in the light of Orwell's book (Nineteen Eighty-Four)'. Of this work Brisley wrote 'I've tried to find an image to express feelings which somehow suggest constriction, of being nowhere. There is no space in Nineteen Eighty-Four, no social space... just a sense of claustrophobia and that what at first appears to be a rigidly structured society is not really so'. A harsh spotlight housed in the structure throws the shadow of the viewer onto the wall behind, bringing the viewer into an active relationship with the content of the wall. The title refers to the German word for nought, 'null'.