Whatever 'order' we find will probably be our unique take on what we perceive, our history, our values and how we remember. Memories are our own stories formed from what we choose or are able to select and remember...some memories may lie submerged in our subconscious until we see, hear, feel, touch or taste something that evokes their re-emergence.
B3TTY our 57 year old A35 Austin car was mass produced in her day aimed for the needs of the post war working classes. She had been bought just a month ago with very evident physical signs of her previous 'life', for example extensive rust, damaged and missing fittings and perished rubber window seals which had let in the overnight rain. Her original front seats had recently been replaced with those from a Mini Cooper. However her engine is original and still working.
When some members of the community approached her they very obviously engaged in a visual way and many more in a verbal and tactile way. They wanted to share and check their memories, find out more about B3TTY herself and offer their own opinions and advice.
The 'memories' we collected and shared this weekend in Ludlow were very personal, technical, historical, opinionated (i.e. the mismatched front seats), very specific (i.e. number plates remembered from over 50 years ago) and experiential (i.e. rites of passage). These memories were elicited by both B3TTY and us, two artists, interacting with members of the community (both from Ludlow and beyond) in this place at this time. As such this feels like a performance art.
Our interaction with the community in Ludlow this weekend created an art piece that will in turn enter our own memories and narrative. Together we have created a shared narrative, some of which has been recorded and in turn will be 'curated' into a sound installation.