It All Began With Richard Burton - June 15th, 2014, Whitstable Biennale
This work began life in a publication commissioned by Beagles and Ramsay. I grew up on the North coast of Kent - Herne Bay, Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, those places. The text was just a series of interesting points, facts, connections and links between things that had happened to me or had happened in the towns. For the biennale press, I described it as...
"...a landscape of strange connections and events, littered with hearsay, C-list celebrities and coincidences. It's the kind of history that exists anywhere, but one that can only be gathered over a lifetime of being somewhere."
This work had made it off the page before, in the form of an introduction to presentations about my work, and then I was approached about making it a bus tour for the biennale. The rest, as they say, is (local) history.
I need to thank the Collaborative Research Group for their vision and generosity in enabling this to happen.
HERE is a link to an excellent Guardian preview of the tour.
HERE is a picture of all the good people who came on the bus. Look at their happy smiling faces.
And HERE is a link to a video version of the text.