year is 2040, and Superblock is a 1,470 floor tower block built
from the salvaged concrete and bricks of the 67 Liverpool high
rises demolished in 2005.
is an echo chamber reverberating with voices, memories, love,
hate, birth, death, mystery, gossip and rumour, like a monstrous
filing cabinet full of the filed lives of everyone who ever lived
is the architects last ever visit to his broken utopia because
this is the day the building is condemned...
How was Superblock developed?
was developed with tenants of the Liverpool high rises, FACT and
the BBC. 1500 questionnaires have been sent to all the tenants
and their extraordinary responses have fed directly into the drama.
Jeff Young, the BBC's Kate Rowland and the tenants that inspired
it will be in attendance at FACT on the 19th March, 2.00 - 3.00pm,
to discuss the project. All are welcome to attend.
to an interview with tenant Jim
Jones, and with the writer of the drama, Jeff
radio project with the Liverpool-based Foundation
of Art and Creative Technology [FACT] centred around the remaining
67 towerblocks in Liverpool. The majority of the 67 are earmarked
for demolition in the near future.
to a discussion
set in the year 2020.
the video of the demolition of the Shiel Park tower block,
Liverpool. This footage was shot by Karen Browne.
Fantasy - or reality?
towerblock tenant Jim Jones, "Theres a tremendous degree
of disempowerment which pervades society today. I think Superblock
draws into focus the extent of that which would occur if it was
think the reality of Superblock is within issues being decided
on behalf of people without their involvement, and without proper
feedback on the effectiveness of those decisions taken. The fantasy
attached to Superblock is not that much removed from reality."
concept of having a 14,000 floor building is probably the only
piece of fantasy - but if that 1,400 floor building is broken
into chunks and dotted around the city, then that's exactly what
we have now."
Jeff Young describes how consultations with existing residents,
particularly the elderly, helped shape the final result:
same mistakes will be made"
me, working on Superblock over the last 12 months has meant that
I’ve been able to tell a story in an unusual and imaginative way
that is about very real lives and problems."
quite often happens is that people of that [older] generation
are only asked to look to the past. And so what’s come out is
a very strange and surreal piece of drama that actually tells
stories about the real world; about things that are not that far
removed from people’s experiences of living in tower blocks today."
don’t necessarily think that 40 years in the future things will
be that different. We’re going to have a lot of the same problems
because the same mistakes will be made."