Jude Thomas, of Lines of Desire, describes their recent Swan Pedalo inspired production in the North East:
Inspired by the adventures of Grace…
…was a recent commission realised for Enchanted Parks 2012 (an innovative after-dark arts experience which annually transforms Gateshead’s Saltwell Park into a magical night-time winter wonderland). Dive-in movie was a twist on the 1950s style Drive-in. The Lines of Desire arts collective created an outdoor cinema, consisting of movie screen, projection booth, concession stand and a theatre area where visitors could view the movie from the privacy and comfort of, not parked cars but swan pedalos (which were woken from their Saltwell Park winter nest).
In terms of maintaining Grace – we’ve tried to make the fixing and cleaning as much a social affair as possible, bringing people together when the heavy work needs to be done - and this is a key part of the whole adventure which I really hope can continue.
Friday 7th September 2012:
Grace has been resting up with her new hosts Pyramid of Arts this last month or so. She took on some water during her most recent Leeds Granary Wharf adventure and so she has been in urgent need of a thorough inspection and some basic repairs before she can go on the water again…
Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival is working in partnership with Atelier[zero] to welcome the Open Source Swan Pedalo, Grace, for her maiden voyage on Manchester’s Canals.
Manchester Society of Swandeliers Meeting, Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Some ideas from the washing line of impossibility…
Society of Swandeliers, Manchester Meet-up,
Tuesday 22nd of May 2012, 6-8pm
Info: www.swanpedalo.org / Register: http://swandeliers.eventbrite.co.uk/
NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE – NOW AT: Cornerhouse
70 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 5NH, United Kingdom