Monday, 15 June 2009

Glastonbury is The Model City

The Model City is one of a selection of films from A Small Cinema will be heading to be heading to Glastonbury Festival. Another of those films is a cracking little animation called simply ‘Liverpool’ by animator Owain Bentley, a recent graduate of Liverpool Academy of Art and Design. The programme has been curated by Bren O’Callaghan.

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Make Your Own Liverpool

I recently developed a short project for National Museums Liverpool, exploring the nature of Liverpool from the point of view of young people seeking asylum. Their experience of what Liverpool is differs greatly from the 'official' Liverpool (which itself has been distilled down to 4 or five marketing motifs - the Cathedrals, Liver Building, Radio City tower and SuperLambBananas). Together in the first session we developed a model, and whilst there was a Lamb Banana and also a Cathedral, there was no Liver Building.

What we learned was that their model of Liverpool existed beyond the city centre - Smithdown Road way was important, the Polish Food shop on Picton road was mentioned too. More significantly though, in the City Centre, it was places like McDonalds, Primark, Home Bargain, and the Liverpool One shopping district that were most important. In short, commercial spaces make up Liverpool for young people in general, and perhaps for these young people in particular. For one young person, the Apple Store was very important as it was exactly the same as the one in her home country, and so reminded her of home. McDonalds again has this quality, plus it is cheap and a good social space.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Generation 21 - Cities of the Future

This is a project developed by Hope St Ltd and Culture Inc, run with students in Liverpool. Its interesting to hear what kids in Liverpool think the city could be in the future. I particularly like the milkshake building.

Monday, 20 October 2008

The Model of Clayton Square

'The Model of Clayton Square'
is on show at the View Two Gallery, Liverpool from Thursday 23rd October to 1st November as part of the ‘Local Heroes’ exhibition, curated by Samuel Skinner. 

The film of ‘The Model City’ will be shown along with 10 other short films by local artists at A Small Cinema, an intimate temporary cinema installation taking place in View Two Gallery, 7pm, Friday 24th October.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Ken Martin on the Model City

Architect Ken Martin gives his views on The Model City, plus some interesting ideas on the future of public transport in Liverpool.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

The Sound of Amos

A special thanks to a very talented composer / sound-designer / audio scientist, the Liverpool-based Amos (aka Tom Smith). Support this man and his music and his wonderful Music For Sleeping experiments.