future present past
30 November to 15 December 2018
Photo credit: Anna Francis
Returns is an on-going collaboration that forms part of an international research project Topographies of the Obsolete, initiated in 2012 by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway, which focused on the disused Spode ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent. The Returns project returned to Stoke-on-Trent at Airspace Gallery, including artefacts and associated stories created by groups of refugees and asylum seekers, participants in a series of workshops in Stoke and Nottingham during Summer 2018. The soundwalk OpenCity Stoke took place on the opening night as an artist-led walk and subsequently as an app.
Photo credit: Dave Ball
11 February - 4 March 2015
In Bonington Gallery showed a ropelight piece, comprised of a tangle of Christmas lights from the Spode site, in addition to a 20-minute soundwalk in which participants were invited to explore the gallery and its immediate vicinity. I combined recent in-situ recordings with archive and other sound, culminating in a huge explosion at the spot where a bomb fell in May 1941, effectively leaving the corner a bombsite until recently (http://www.boningtongallery.co.uk/exhibitions/returns)