Artist Talks: Keith Harrison & LOW PROFILE

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Join artists Keith Harrison and LOW PROFILE at the Harris for an insight their works, ‘Conductor’, and ‘PEOPLE’.

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Join artists Keith Harrison and LOW PROFILE at the Harris for an insight their works, ‘Conductor’, and ‘PEOPLE’ commissioned for the exhibition Beautiful and Brutal: 50 years in the life of Preston Bus Station.

PEOPLE - LOW PROFILE

LOW PROFILE commissioned Laserline Road Marking Ltd to paint the word ‘PEOPLE’ on the forecourt of Preston Bus Station - creating a temporary artwork for visitors and passers-by to engage with. The artists were interested in using this format to mimic the way that road markings normally direct our attention and behaviour, shaping how we navigate through public spaces. The creation of the text makes a statement about this part of the bus station’s future use as a new public space. The text disappeared as the forecourt underwent further development in Autumn 2019.

A film creates a portrait of two workers installing the text – drawing attention to both the changing nature of the space, and the skill, labour and teamwork involved in creating changes in the built environment that may otherwise be overlooked.

LOW PROFILE wanted to mark the moment of the bus station’s 50th anniversary by again placing value on, and celebrating, the people of Preston – highlighting the role that people play in shaping and making place.

Conductor, 8 Movements - Keith Harrison with accompanying soundtrack by Preston Field Audio

Conductor was a live choreographed 60-minute interruption to the life of Preston Bus Station. On a Sunday morning, 32 double-decker buses and drivers from Preston Bus and Stagecoach, steered their buses in slow and sequenced movements from the bays and across the forecourt, trigged by volunteer performers in the passenger concourse. Preston Field Audio’s sound track of recordings and electronic loops was played through the bus station tannoy, responding to Keith Harrison’s schematic drawing. The whole haunting piece uniquely appropriated all the resources of the station to create a dramatic new work that paid homage to the interaction between the people, vehicles and the architecture of Europe’s? biggest bus station.

The performance was recorded by filmmaker, Jared Schiller, and is represented in the exhibition across a number of screens, with a live recording of the soundtrack by Preston Field Audio.

Tickets: £5

Student Ticket: £2.50 Please bring proof of student status (such as Student ID or NUS card).

Tickets include a free drink

Booking is essential

Suitable for: Ages 16+

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This event is part of the 'Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station' events programme.

Visit The Harris website for more exhibition information.

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PR1 2PP

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