An alternative art tour of Liverpool
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
Launch artwork (first episode 30 October):
Iain and Jane present a series of seven podcasts that document Liverpool. During the last 12 months, the artists have been regular visitors to the city, working on a major new project, Silent Sound, currently on show at Greenland Street until 26 November. During these trips they have come to know Liverpool through the eyes of others, unofficial guides all providing unique insights and perspectives on a city in the process of cultural transformation.
Each episode will feature a single guide who will pull sharp focus onto a particular area of Liverpool, with participants including author Kevin Sampson and Ceri Hand, Director of Exhibitions at FACT. The podcasts will be available to subscribe or download as individual episodes from Iain and Jane's website and various podcast directories including iTunes.
Episode 1 begins with Iain and Jane talking about their connection to Liverpool’s past and present through their project 'Silent Sound'. It will be available from Monday 30 October, with a new episode added every Monday for the following seven weeks.
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard met and began working collaboratively in the early nineties, while students at Goldsmiths. They pioneered the recent explosion of interest in re-enactment within contemporary art, most notably with A Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide at the ICA, London in 1998 and more recently with File under Sacred Music, their remake of an infamous bootleg video of The Cramps playing live at Napa Mental Institute. More recently, they recreated Walk Over (Indirect Approaches) by video artist Vito Acconci, working with Plan B, a young East London-based MC, to update the script and re-shoot the video liberally adopting the aesthetic of urban music videos. Their universal yet highly personal strategies play out ideas of memory, performance and emotional expression in a challenging but highly accessibly body of work.
Their most ambitious work to date, Silent Sound, features an original score by J. Spaceman (aka Jason Pierce from the band Spiritualized) and is currently being presented at the Liverpool Biennial, following a live performance at St. George's Hall on 14th September 2006.