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Here is a short video clip (a little dark) from last nights opening of SCAN which is part of AUDIOVISION – this weeks great sound and visual festival in Liverpool, curated by Hannah Peel.  Me, Jeff and Jackie are all very happy with the piece and believe it adds a striking addition to the cityscape and architecture of the city.

More video to come..

 

My first day back in Liverpool was spent at the Main Library looking at old maps of the Mersey Tunnel. In the past weeks the library personnel unearthed a map they did not know existed within their archives. Seeing librarians giggly with excitement is lovely and the opening of the cannister containing the map was like a ceremony.

Digging deeper into the urban archeology of all aspects of the Air Vent building and the tunnel.

 


Last week I spent time in Liverpool working with Jacqueline and Hannah Peel, who is the curator of AudioVision. Much time was spent visiting the Air Vent site, filming inside the building and recording sound. I also spent time shooting areas of transit in the city – capturing a similar sense of urban activity and movement as previously shot material from New York. Since ideas of alternative city screens and urban visual architecture are part of our thinking for this project, it was interesting for me to look around for other natural city projection surfaces. 

In efforts to make our working process more transparent- and as well, to carve out a centralized platform for exchange for ourselves in re: our upcoming collaborative installation, here’s a mesh of ideas that Peter and I discussed during last week’s site visits to Liverpool:

Liverpool Queen’s Dock Mersey air vent tower as lung. building as breathing. Eisenstien. forgotten ports. Liverpool as transmitter, New York as receiver. Manhatta. iron ships, their weight on the sea, 8 week journeys and the weight of consequence, the Weight by the Band. Britain: physical labour before New Labour. cultural anchors. Koolhas and the Harvard City Project- guerilla city planning. Liverpool once vs Liverpool One. Rodney Graham’s Judd-like box sculptures crammed with copies of Ivanhoe: life finds a way. city screens which aren’t selling anything. the Crosby deposit. the Paradise project. recollection of a lost cinema in Caribbean L8 called the Rialto. children building sandcastles from Blitz-smashed bricks. Rerouting public transport to construction sites to program future shopping- “That’s fine love, but how do I get to Lewis’s from here?” Blues music arriving on ships. Primark, bread and circus. Scouse girls as my patron saints. Blitz bricks worn down to rounded pebbles by the Irish Sea. new construction exposing Victorian foundations. Liverpool One, 250-year leaseholds on commercial land. Classism and land ownership.  linking city centre to docks via Yves Saint Laurent. Sami genes on separate continents. Immigration/Emigration/Migrants/Migration patterns. Toxteth Race Riots redressed as Toxteth Class Riots. directing traffic patterns/directing traffic/directing patterns. the art of the spectacle. Ray Bradbury. Stop-and-Search laws, civil liberties, civil Libertarians. The New World, the Old World, Jonathan Richman. Thatcherism, Irish famine. Liverpool: War collapsing churches, economy collapsing cinemas. NYC: War collapsing economy, cinemas collapsing churches.