Paradise Stories, RIBA Renew Rooms

Paradise Stories

Paradise Stories

Solo show & curatorial project. Solo; Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) RENEW Rooms, Liverpool & curatorial show at The International Gallery, Liverpool, March 2008.

Spurred by Liverpool’s transformation and mankind’s endless pursuit of happiness, I created a two venue multi-sensory exhibition, inviting visitors to find a sanctuary from the physical city surroundings and reflect on its journey to current renewal as European Capital of Culture.

Crossing sculpture to video installation and live performance; I focussed on stories from Liverpool’s inhabitants from a range of backgrounds, ages, occupations and ethnicities. Eight videos include an insight into a cab driver’s unsuspecting daily encounters, a Feng Shui expert sharing how the Chinese Archway was positioned using ancient compass techniques, and the thorny discussion of Afro-Caribbean mother and daughter ‘The Wentons’ in  their dispute of multi-racial integration across Liverpool since the Toxteth riots. The videos were embedded amongst exuberant half-animal forms, and a wealth of mock jungle surroundings. Wigwam waterfall architectural Iggie offers a degree of escape from the noise of the surrounding plastic paradise.

See works:

Fauna – Ceramics

Fauna – Plush 

Flora 

Videos

International Gallery

Talks 

Rabbid

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BBC Radio Interview on Paradise Stories

Documentation

Excerpt of Paradise: Wildflower

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Part 2/2

Talking to the viewer

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Part 2/2

Viewers at the exhibition

Talks on the exhibition with Culturepool

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Part 2/3

Part 3/3

Opening at RIBA RENEW Rooms and International Gallery

Making/Installing Show