2012 – (ongoing)
Colour Mining Blue
Blue Town Heritage Centre, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Installation, audio, film
Blue Town is a suburb of the town of Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Blue Town grew up alongside the Naval Dock Yard during the Napoleonic Wars. It gained its distinctive name from the practice of the earliest inhabitants to preserve their wooden houses using blue paint ‘liberated’ from their employers in the dock yard. It is a small self-contained community positioned in a triangle of houses and alleyways, compressed between the dockyard wall and Well Marsh (home to the steel works).
In February and March 2012 I put on a pair of blue high-top trainers and spent 30 days colour mining blue in the town. I collected photographs, audio recordings and film clips relating to blue. This archive of blue was exhibited at the Blue Town Heritage Centre. In order to re-distribute the blue from Blue Town, visitors to the show were invited to take away a small wooden house with an image of something blue on it. In September 2012 I will be returning to the heritage centre to show a film made from the data collected and donate to them the blue archive and my blue shoes.
Film Colour Mining Blue, 2012
View the film here