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Conductor by Keith Harrison

Quick, Charles Conductor by Keith Harrison. [DataSet]


Conductor, 8 Movements by Keith Harrison with accompanying soundtrack by Preston Field Audio.
Conductor was a live choreographed 60 minute interruption to the life of Preston Bus Station. On a Sunday morning 32 double-decker buses and drivers from Preston Bus and Stagecoach, steered their buses in slow and sequenced
movements from the bays and across the forecourt, trigged by volunteer performers in the passenger concourse. Preston Field Audio’s sound track of recordings and electronic loops was played through the bus station tannoy, responding to Keith Harrison’s schematic drawings. The whole haunting piece uniquely appropriated all the resources of the station to create a dramatic new work that celebrated the interaction between the people, vehicles and the architecture of the Europe’s biggest bus station. Live event was watched by 200 people and streamed online to a further 8,000.

The performance was recorded by filmmaker, Jared Schiller, and was represented in the Beautiful and Brutal exhibition across a number of screens, with a live recording of the soundtrack by Preston Field Audio.

Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the Life of Preston Bus Station, a collaboration between Professor Charles Quick of In Certain Places and Curator of History James Arnold of the Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library was a programme of new contemporary artist commissions culminating in an exhibition at the Harris Museum, and supplemented by an events programme that included architectural tours, a birthday party event hosted at Preston Bus Station itself and a conference hosted at the Harris. The project that set out to examine, reveal and promote the building’s significance to the people of Preston in terms of architecture, urban planning, social engagement and a source of artistic inspiration.

Research / Data Type: Audiovisual
DOI: 10.17030/uclan.data.00000235
Depositing User: Benedict Rutherford
Date Deposited: 01 May 2020 12:01
Revision: 14
URI: https://uclandata.uclan.ac.uk/id/eprint/235

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