bumped into Scott Burnham, creative director of Urbis, in the pub,"
explains Elliot. "I was wearing a Joy Division T-shirt and
we got chatting about the Peter Saville exhibition. Scott told me
about the D Troit idea and I said that I'd like to get involved.
I didn't expect anything from it, but he phoned me the next day
and asked me what I wanted to do!"
badge from The Twisted Wheel
decided that I didn't want it to be a artefact thing, as that would
be too much like Saville's show so I struck on the idea of creating
the video installation, Elliot speaks to the likes of Johnny Marr,
Graham Nash, Doves and Graham Massey about how the different sounds
to come out of Detroit has changed the direction of Mancunian sounds,
from the Northern Soul movement through to the techno explosion.
been three times that Detroit has made a major impact on Manchester.
The first is Northern Soul, when artists that were literally unknown
over there would play to a packed out Wigan Casino and Twisted Wheel
second was Iggy Pop. I spoke to Stephen Morris, and he said that
he took Ian Curtis to see Iggy when he played Manchester and Ian
was blown away by him. He went to see him every time he played Manchester
after that. And the third was Detroit techno, which helped in changing
the face of British clubbing at the Hacienda."
why the two cities have become linked is a complicated issue, but
Elliot has his own ideas. "They are both edgy cities, with
reputations for being slightly dangerous, and they're both built
on industry. In many ways, Detroit is like Manchester used to be,
still knackered and in need of some help. One of the big things
that came out of the film is that the artists that have been across
to Detroit, like Doves and 808 State, were surprised to find that
it's not the happening, buzzing place they expected it to be. It's
actually really run-down."
film will be shown in Urbis' lobby, outside the main D Troit exhibition,
and Elliot's happy to be involved with the building. "It's
a big building and a very nice one too. With enough effort, it could
be something really special and I'd love to be involved in that."