‘Every Building on the Sunniside B6299’ is the latest in a series of kinetic works investigating crossovers between digital and analogue, still and moving image, navigational systems, and perception.
Part riff on Ed Ruscha’s famous 1966 artist book ‘Every Building on the Sunset Strip‘ (and riffing on Ed Ruscha, I’ve discovered, is quite a ‘thing‘), part analogue response to Google Street View, this piece is also a development of ongoing interests in the sculptural and material possibilities of the photograph as object.
I first had the idea when I was en route to a residency in France, October 2015. Unlike the photo and bicycle based pieces produced previously, in partnership with Richard Glynn (Vélo Café and Park, contemporary reworkings of tried and tested Victorian zoetrope and mutoscope mechanisms respectively), the only way I could find out if the ‘Every Building…’ idea would work in reality as well as it seemed to in my imagination, was to build it and see.
There is no Sunset Strip in the UK. I explored other roads in England with Sunset in the name (a Sunset View in Derwentside, for example), and considered rephotographing the Californian Sunset Strip via Google Street View, but in the end settled on Sunniside, a former pit-village (not far from where I live in County Durham) which, pleasingly, has a pub in it called The Comedian.
This work was produced during my 2015-16 AA2A Teesside University / mima residency and exhibited in PARAllAX, the end of residency group show held in Constantine Gallery, Teesside University, 29th April – 13th May 2016.