‘The World Lived Here: L8’ responds to residents’ thoughts, memories, experiences of Liverpool 8 (Toxteth). Identities of ‘cultural memory’ explored via popular media forms, including postcards and radio-plays, as narrative devices. Aim: to conduct research, create new links, develop ways to (re)present image/sound-based works; explore collaborative photography, text and audio-visual methods to examine stereotypes of local identities. Outputs connect with ‘here and now’: events, locations; people reflecting on recollections of the past. One recurring theme being, ’how places feel’ (genius loci) and a research question, approaching historical memory to ask: How does the presentation of the past shape the image of the present? Commissioned for Culture Shifts, Open Eye Gallery’s, socially engaged photography programme, embedding photographers within communities across Liverpool City Region; facilitating sharing of personal stories in ways meaningful to groups. Programme impact measured through cross-disciplinary collaboration with partner organisations, including online digital platform, ‘PhotoStories’.
Open Eye Gallery (2018) ‘Culture Shifts is Open Eye Gallery's socially engaged photography programme. Culture Shifts: Local presents collaboratively produced photography from eight socially engaged photography projects across Liverpool. The currently ongoing work demonstrates how photography as an art practice can be used to help communities define themselves, bridge cultural divides and communicate the vital issues of today.’
Funded by the Strategic Touring Fund, Arts Council England.
Part 1 of a trilogy of works exploring surveillance in a Cold War 2.0 era. Featuring the voice of ex Star Wars pilot and James Bond villain, Jack Klaff Premiered at Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2017.
Inspired by rebellion, counterculture and the possibility for Art, music and education as creative weapons for resistance against political repression. A filmic cut-up for radio with a difference: conjuring the spirit of the underground from a year that shaped a generation. Linking the activism of the past to the Art of the present.
Magician: Walking Back The Catis a work concerned with Remote Viewing (sensing with the mind) and more broadly, collective anxieties surrounding mass surveillance. Georgiou & Tolley reference both the historical and contemporary issue of consent and control, prompting a key question of our time: Who is watching who?
Between July 10 - 1981 & July 10 - 1990, artist Darryl Georgiou developed an ‘archive’ of 5000 photographs & 10 hours of Super 8 Cine film, reflecting the people, places & community of his home town, Handsworth B21.
Coming Autumn/Winter 2019... Hinterland: Re-negotiating the Archive Sound & Picture Poems (from Hunesworth to Harnall)
As part of Creative Multilingualism/Slanguages: investigating connections between linguistic diversity and creativity. #Hinterland by Darryl Georgiou, Coventry University, in partnership with Professor Rajinder Dudrah, Birmingham City University, who is leading on Slanguages as part of the Creative Multilingualism project based at the University of Oxford. ’Hinterland’ consists of new audio visual artworks and field recordings of international language ‘translations’, made in response to Georgiou’s personal archives of the English Midlands; including Handsworth B21 (Hunesworth) & Hillfields CV6 (Harnall).
Taking the archive as a departure point to work in the area of ’cross-cultural encounters’, and the notion of the untranslatable.
Buffet Menu (Villa Cross Tavern) Is an original artwork, which explores the subject of historical memory, using text and language within the context of how places feel, that involve trauma or perceived injustice. Buffet Menu takes as its departure point an original artefact sourced from the Villa Cross Tavern, a historical landmark that stood at the junction between Lozells Road and Heathfield Road, in Handsworth, Birmingham. The pub was a flashpoint location, central to the civil disturbances during the Handsworth riots, 9-11 Sep 1985. The disturbances were sparked by a police raid on the Villa Cross public house and the arrest of a man near the Acapulco Cafe. Georgiou takes this psychogeographic location and incident as inspiration, to examine the way in which, history can re-animate memory (if it is actively recalled in the present), and how flawed that recollection can potentially be.
Image: (Detail ‘Buffet Menu’) translation variant. An example of the word ‘TRIFLE’ being translated (or untranslatable) into multiple languages of the world. Detail from text artwork from ‘Hinterland: Re-negotiating the Archive’. The work explores the notion of multilingualism, cross-cultural encounters and the untranslatable.