Archive for July, 2006

Liverpool A-Z by Kelly Mark

The A-Z street map as we know it today was the brainchild of Phyllis Pearsall (MBE) in 1936. It is a tool with thousands of equal working parts yet activities such as house hunting or relocating inevitably make a few pages dog-eared and marked while leaving the bulk of the A-Z as pristine sheets of streets; parts of the city that one need not, should not or cannot access.Kelly Mark’s “Liverpool A-Z” project developed with tenantspin attempts to get to know Liverpool by chatting with 26 people whose first names begin with the letters A-Z. Filmed with tenantspin in a high-rise flat at Sefton Park the 26 episodes are presented via webcasts, on the BBC Big Screen in Central Liverpool and in the foyer of the FACT Centre.

Kelly and tenantspin piece together a city in which no areas are deemed inaccessible, unnecessary or undesirable. The arts, law, history, philosophy, entertainment, sport, activism and media are all represented. As are the gaps in-between; people as citizens, observers, doers, participants in urban life and people as fine details of this great city, brought together to form more than the sum of the parts.

Kelly Mark is an artist based in Toronto. tenantspin is one of the UK’s leading community-driven Internet TV Channels, co-managed by FACT, Arena Housing and city-wide tenants.

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