‘Portal’ Charcoal and Graphite on Fabriano. Mounted on timber Frame; back lit.
9ft x 4ft
A public participatory artwork; a conceptual HS2*
This section of the blog shows some of the art works included in the show and the participants who have taken part so far. I have also included a few of my influences that were discussed in my artist talk entitled ‘Johnny Morris speaks for us all‘; a discussion surrounding the tendency to speak and think for others, animals and inanimate objects. I have also included the brilliant Night Mail by WH Auden.
The audio from the participatory performances can be heard on the VINYL website: http://vinylartspace.com/index.php?/offsite/we-never-met/
The 2nd and 3rd carriage were supported by Friction Arts.
In 1848 a rail link from Bordesley to Duddeston was planned to join the Oxford and London lines, building started however the viaducts were never linked. The remaining parts of the viaducts now appear to be arrested by the path of the road. “As the railway line viaduct had never been linked up back in 1848, I asked myself what the separated pieces would say to each other if they could talk…and I imagined them to say; “We never met”.
We Never Met started off as an ongoing project that builds a ‘train’ of voices starting in Birmingham and ending in London. Participants were asked to quote the line “We never met” in succession and at varying volumes and paces, repeating certain words. Accidentally stumbling over the phrase added to the composition and recreate the rhythm of a train in this attempt to conceptually bridge the gap between the separated pieces. The train consists of ‘carriages’ each of which will contain a group of people.
Participants (so far):
Carriage No 1. Station Stop: The School of Art Bournville
Anita Kaur Mann
Oscar Cass Darweish
Carriage no. 2 Friction Arts. Art Club.
Station Stop: The Works Gallery. Pershore Street, Birmingham.
Saturday 10th August 2013
Rose Magaia Makamdem
This is the Night Mail by WH Auden
An Animal Magic Clip; Johnny Morris in the Gorilla enclosure
Let’s talk. Animated drawings of inanimate objects ‘singing’ to each other