This City’s Centre is an expanded media project happening in and between the homes, streets and vistas of central Exeter.
Exploring the tensions between public, private and privatised public space, the project is inspired by views from the windows of 20 Exeter homes – and the views of the people who live with them.
Between March-September 2013 Blind Ditch will be working with Exeter residents, performers, digital artists and students to make three public art experiences: a mapped walk, a video installation hosted by RAMM (Museum of the Year 2012), and a live event that uses video streaming and mobile technologies to connect performers in different parts of the city with local and remote audiences. The final performance will be part of Exeter City Council’s outdoor arts festival Unexpected September 15-22, 2013.
Do you live within 10 minutes walk of Cathedral Green in Exeter? Want to share your window and your views with this project?
The This City’s Centre team is looking for views from terraced houses, student flats, basement apartments, Georgian mansions, homes on hills, north, south, east and west. If you’ve lived in Exeter all your life, or only for a few months, they’d love to hear from you
To express your interest email a photo taken from your window (include the window frame and some of your room in the image), along with a thought about it. Also pointing out roughly where you live on this map.
Are you articulate, passionate and interested in the city centre life of Exeter? Do you have devising experience and the skill/enthusiasm for performing with digital technologies? Are you ready to be involved in a long-term project that stretches and grows your skills and knowledge? More details here. Deadline February 18 2013.
Do you have something to say about the private/public spaces of Britain’s city centres? Are you keen to explore alternative ways of getting your work seen? We are collaborating with Exeter Phoenix Digital to host a documentary making commission for This City’s Centre as part of their bursary scheme. More details here, deadline February 15 2013.
Blind Ditch collaborators on this project are Paula Crutchlow (director), John Levack Drever (sound design), Volkhardt Müller (videography/scenography), Cat Radford (producer). They will be working with choreographer Jane Mason and writer Natalie McGrath.
This City’s Centre is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Exeter City Council. The project is delivered in partnership with RAMM, Exeter Phoenix and Exeter College with support from The Bikeshed Theatre.