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Preston Platforms commission

preston bill, preston andy smith, they eat culture, fuel theatre

I’ve been commissioned to write a short performance photography piece of work by Fuel and They Eat Culture.

Fuel are a London-based theatre company.  The Guardian said they were “One of the most exciting and indispensable producing outfits working in British theatre today.”

Anyone who lives in or around Preston will know all about arts and cultural organisation They Eat Culture and the wonderful diverse work they do.

Commissioned by TEC, and part of Fuel’s New Theatre in Your Neighbourhood project, is a lovely piece of contemporary theatre called The Preston Bill by Andy Smith. I’ll blog more about that later.

I am one of two artists to be commissioned to create work in support of several performances of The Preston Bill at The Continental in Preston in October 2015. It’s a free event (pay what you want). You can register your place here.

As part of the commission I’ve been asked to write a short (very short) passage of text to describe my project, which does not have a title next. Below is the first version of that text, with possible titles.

I should say that my project will be photography-based and involve me doing something while photos are shown, to musical soundtrack.

Here you go:

Northern Life and the World

The World is the North

The World is Northern

Northern World

Northern Life and the World is a live-art photography presentation, mixing beautiful and gritty images of Northern life from the last 100 years with iconic images of world events.

The unique cross-platform work incorporates music and spoken word performance to deliver a compelling and nostalgic look at what it is to be from the North and how that experience has shaped our lives.

From early sepia-toned formally-posed prints through faded compact camera images to bright, flash-fuelled camera-phone shots, the huge changes in photography over the past century has echoed the revolution in our own lifestyles. Ranging from industrial landscapes to family snapshots, Northern Life and the World is a photographic history of Northern England.


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