Surface Patterns: Audio Tours
The Media Centre, Huddersfield, UK
This gallery work is part of the wider Surface
Patterns SMS project by Blink.
Surface Patterns: Audio Tours uses a Global positioning System [GPS] device
to explore how memory is linked to urban and domestic place. The GPS device
can only describe latitude, longitude and altitude; however, when used
to trace the route that someone takes through a place, it can reveal the
pattern of the path taken, allowing us to share knowledge of hidden locations
and unexpected vantage points along that path.
Traditional maps tell us where landmarks are, what streets are called,
and where to find the centre of town, whereas the subjective histories
and stories ezplored in this work are played out over time and rely on
very different 'memory maps'.
The installation uses contributions of unwanted wallpaper, pasted on the
gallery walls and threaded or punctuated with GPS patterns of ten walks.
Traces of audio recordings made in conversation with the walkers are played
back through speakers embedded in the walls behind the wallpaper. Reflecting
different perspectives on the town the walkers include members of the
artist's family who grew up in Huddersfield in the 1940's and '50's, as
well as a previous Artist in Residence who lived in the town for three
Commissioned jointly by Tom
Holley at The Media Centre (www.the-media-centre.co.uk)