Beginning with a Quarantine visit to Beijing in 2005, Walking Backwards now describes our relationship with 2 visual artists – Rania Ho and Wang Wei of Arrow Factory, one of Beijing’s most intriguing art spaces. The latest stage in our dialogue is Kitchen Project.
Why we’re making Walking Backwards
Over the years the four of us have talked endlessly in real time and by phone or Skype – even sent a few letters; made bread, taught cookery classes to people in their own homes, met musicians, pawn brokers, refugees, the people responsible for branding Manchester and many many more.
We have continually returned to ideas around the impossibility of authenticity, what tourists are looking for, what it means to make and share a meal.
And eaten good food. Lots of food.
Inspired by our conversations Quarantine will make a series of pavement plaques in Manchester – flat monuments to ordinary people and everyday events. A collision of personal histories and city geographies.
Future incarnations will happen in a variety of forms and spaces – including a return to Arrow Factory.