A photographic project commissioned to celebrate Poetry International 2006
Consisting of 4,000 photographs taken by local residents and the opportunity to hear
their poetry via sensors, the first interactive LomoWall is unveiled by the South
Bank Centre and the Lomographic Society London as part of the launch of the South
Bank Centre’s Poetry International, the UK’s major international poetry festival.
Entitled Trading Places, the LomoWall is made up of photographs taken by local residents
of Lower Marsh in Waterloo, near the South Bank Centre an area in which people have
lived and traded since the 17th century, to create a living portrait of their lives
in a 14 metre by 2.5 metre installation on hoardings in front of the Royal Festival
Hall. Secret sensors are embedded in the wall, amongst the photographs, for
visitors to find and press and listen to the recordings of the resident’s spoken memory
Inspired by Kwame Dawes’ Wisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country, the opening
event at Poetry International – which records the segregated lives of women from South
Carolina – three generations of the Lower Marsh community were given Lomography Coloursplash
cameras with which to record their lives and experiences. The Youth Group SE1
United, local businesses and market-stall holders and Lower Marsh residents were each
involved, bringing together the generations.
Four contemporary poets Charlie Dark, Malika Booker, Breis and Anna Robinson, who
has lived all her life on Lower Marsh, worked with the different groups to express
their lives, experiences and memories of the street in poetry. The spoken memory
poems were recorded by the participants and are part of the LomoWall.
Visitors can also feed their own photographs into the LomoWall by sending pictures
via Bluetooth to the project website, www.rfh.org.uk/tradingplaces where
their images will be displayed.
Shân MacLennan, Head of Education, South Bank Centre, comments:
“Trading Places is one of those great moments at the South Bank Centre when the voices
of people who live and work near to this festival site are heard as part of one of
our major festivals. As we head towards the re-opening of the Royal Festival
Hall we will hear more and more of these voices and they will become part of the new
landscape of the site. It has been enthralling to watch Trading Places develop and
we feel very privileged to bring the people and poetry of Lower Marsh to the South
Bank Centre as we celebrate Poetry International.”
The Trading Places LomoWall will be on show at the South Bank until December 2006.
Launch date: Tuesday, 24th October 2006 at 10am, South Bank Centre. For more information
on Lomography and the LomoWall, please visit www.lomography.com
POETRY INTERNATIONAL is the UK’s only major international poetry festival which draws
world renowned poets from around the globe to the South Bank. For more information
about the poets appearing at the festival, please visit www.rfh.org.uk/poetryinternational