: November 27, 28, 29, 30, 2003
Location: East End (London)
click here for more information on the script and to download a pdf
version of it
27-30 November 2003, 8:00pm & 10:00pm
Bus tour with live sound performance, East London
Curated by Lucia Farinati
New York-based collective e-Xplo devises topographical projects using
bus tours as a method for researching and exploring urban landscapes.
For the first time in the UK, e-Xplo presents found wanting: sometimes
I tend to monumentalize things I see, a newly-commissioned project for
e-Xplo transforms a ride on a tourist coach into a navigable cinema.
A carefully mapped route of over familiar, overlooked, or marginal spaces
is blended with a live soundtrack made up of layers of field recordings,
musical compositions and audio fragments.
found wanting navigates and interrogates the geographical, economic
and social borders of East London beyond categorised definitions of
the East End.
Through a process
of field research, found wanting re-maps and over-scores previous mythologies,
histories and other traces, traversing gentrification frontiers, regeneration
schemes, industrial zones, and less well-defined frames. Suggestive
rather than prescriptive, e-Xplo combines the spectacular nature of
touring and a cinematic format with multiple layers of fictional narrative
and collective memory, creating fragmentary journeys through city space.
departed nightly at 8:00pm & 10:00pm
From Whitechapel Art Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street, London
Nearest Tube: Aldgate East
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Wanting: Vertiginous London
served as the narration for the East London tour. The text was read
by Adam Bowman. The idea emerged through extensive reading and research,
exploring the layers upon layers of discourse surrounding and enveloping
the city of London in general and East London in particular. Rather
than attempt to make sense of all the material in a direct or orderly
manner, the strategy was instead to allow London to appear embedded
within its fog of history and folklore, both forgotten and remembered,
trashed or reclaimed.
We remixed some of the texts we found to be interesting and most related
to our tour, gluing it together with original texts, texts that were
inspired from our own time in the city, text from advertising along
the route of the tour, text spoken by people we met or interviewed.
The entire script was divided into “tracks”, broken into
short fragmentary lines, sometimes words, and even silences, and each
night placed into random order and played in a different sequence than
the night before. What emerged was an unordered narrative rendering
of a city, new, unique each night, a vertiginous London, half emboldened,
half weighed down by its history, and sometimes most alive inbetween
the cracks and silences in the narratives.