Boat Trip: Nothing But Flowers

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64 pages

22 locations

Introductory essay by Jim Aulich

Essays by Phil Griffin and Melanie Johnston

Stories by boat passengers




Funded by Arts Council England

University of Central Lancashire

Manchester Metropolitan University


ISBN 0 9536370 1 8



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Arcadia id est 2005-7

 Boat Trip: Nothing But Flowers publication was included in a touring exhibition Arcadia id est curated by Sarah Bodman, University of West of England. The tour includes Brisbane Australia, Nicosia Cyprus, London, Newcastle, Ensched Netherlands, Southampton, Helsinki Finland, Art Institue Chicago, Rhode Island USA, Dublin.

From a review of Arcadia id est by Elisabeth Long in Afterimage 34.6

“In Boat Trip: Nothing But Flowers Tea uses the specific and subjective as a launching point to explore the broader social and environmental implications of the development along the Manchester Ship Canal in England. Ostensibly a document of a boat trip along the canal, the book reaches beyond the simplicity of observation and interweaves a variety of visual perspectives - distant aerial views, detailed underwater close-ups, onshore explorations, historical associations, and interviews with locals. An accompanying DVD elegantly juxtaposes personal experience with seemingly more objective, journalistic information. The background is a real-time film of the banks of the canal as seen from the boat, the scenery in a constant flow going in and out of darkness as the boat passes under bridges. But overlaid on this stream of experience are images revealing details of the onshore environment travelling even into the interiors of the buildings. A voiceover describes the history of the area, the implications of the surrounding development, and the commentary by locals. While the book and film explore the realms of the personal versus the social, the built environment versus the natural environment, and juxtapose the accessible exterior of a place with the hidden interior significance of it, the authors wrestle with the fictive nature of any such endeavor, recognizing the personal biases implicit in every choice made about what to point out on such a tour.”