A sound installation made with young people in 6 schools in Eritrea, India, Manchester and Trinidad – 36 photographs, 36 speakers and 1 kilometre of cable.
How we made Playing Field
I took on Playing Field as a 2 day a week job with some travel attached. It was an opportunity to experiment with new ideas and work with young people again. I don’t usually work within formal education, finding the often contradictory demands are just too difficult to negotiate. Sometimes I was happily surprised…
The idea was to use the internet. In reality, I carried out tasks set by the students and became a courier for people’s questions: Do you have carnival there? What do you do for fun? Do you have to get married? What would you like to change? Is your country cold or hot? How was your name chosen? What’s important?
We recorded sounds, took photographs and found ways to recreate the smells of our lives from traffic fumes to the herbs Grandma would use. All our conversations and research were brought together in 1 installation exploring young people’s hopes and ambitions from Tamil Nadu to Whalley Range by way of Port of Spain, Eritrea, Didsbury and Wythenshawe.
It was a wonderful project to work on – of course it was.
– Renny O Shea
Schools: Barlow RC Comprehensive, Manchester; Fenkel Community High School, Massawa, Eritrea; Kattaikuttu Youth Theatre School, Kanchipuram, India; Mucarapo High School, Port of Spain, Trinidad; Newall Green High School, Manchester; Whalley Range High School, Manchester.
A Creative Partnerships commission, installed at Contact, Manchester, June 2005.