By The Way 1998-9


artranspennine98 commissioned Tea to respond to the region. Can an image of a region be made? Which people and places are representative? A journey from Liverpool to Hull was recorded in real time out of the side window of the car. Wherever the car (and therefore the video) came to a halt because of traffic conditions a photograph was taken to record the location. On subsequent journeys people who lived or worked at that location were invited to record an interview. These commentaries became the sound track. The resulting video, a portrait of England from coast to coast, was shown in real time in the four Forte Hotels that had punctuated the original journey.


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Photo from Making Tracks, artranspennine catalogue

“...the whole thing works: the shots of ordinary houses slipping by, the talk of friends and family, the locations for viewing - the lobbies of four Forte Hotels...could not be more mundane, the concept more ordinary but somehow it too delights. For this ordinariness, this everyday journey of stops and starts and traffic lights and semi detached houses is a fundamental feature of the artranspennine experience.”


Lynn MacRitchie on By The Way in the Financial Times


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