See how we got on…
So, “Remembered?” is finished and even has a title! When we started this project with a hazy vision of a vague idea of what we wanted to do (something about memorials) the first thing we set out to do was catalogue them to give us an idea of what we were dealing with. This plan was soon scrapped when we saw the sheer volume of them. In Liverpool alone there are thousands of memorials of varying scale and grandeur so we knew we had to thin our selection down some how. As it was centenary year when we started the project it seemed fitting to focus on WWI memorials and to highlight the 5 year span of the war, not 4 as many people think, we chose 5 memorials and made 5 our central figure to work with. These memorials encompassed all the forces and we took both still images, video and collected 5 found objects from each site to give us the option of mapping in a different manor, an idea borne of our workshop with Brian McKearn. Being refused permission to film in lime street on the fly and moved “off the hardstanding” to film another stuck in our throats a little but we reshuffled our selections and we were back on track.
Our discussions on why we had memorials, who should get them etc had a lively flow as options differed greatly within the group from every man and his dog getting something to the other extreme of nobody getting anything. For me the thing that stood out was how poor a substitute any plaque or stone is for a life. There is no comparison. Never-the-less we set out to highlight these memorials and capture them as they are seen (or rather glimpsed) every day.
The exhibition, at the initial planning phase, was going to be on a larger scale, with each 5 min video playing on a continuous loop and various ideas for layout. Once we saw our allocated space however we once again started the process of striping it back. For the exhibition we (Paul) took a minute from each of the 5 videos and their audio, and blended it together to create a single 5 min video. We also displayed 5 still images, 1 from each site.
The full videos and a good selection of stills we took will be available to view on the website shortly, link to follow, there will be a short post announcing their arrival so keep eyes on the news section if your interested in viewing them and leaving some feedback.