Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal

Writing for a film produced with Peng Zuqiang.

Exhibited at Camden Image Gallery on 26 July 2014 as part of Lab451; Debates.

A: “The canal is an artefact of nature, its functionality forgotten – it is as indifferent as a river. The canal’s identity is no longer of connection, but in its irrelevance, it only differentiates its surroundings.”

B: “The canal is external to the dominant logics of economy or technology, it appears at its most infrastructural. It is outside natural science, and the human sciences of technology and economics. “

Two people walk the length of the Birmingham and Warwick Junction, from the city centre’s periphery to the national motorway network. Inspired by the canal’s obsolescence, the journey prompts a sustained but fragmented conversation.


One thought on “Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal

  1. Thanks for sending me the link Dave. Have had a very peaceful 15 minutes watching it. Some very beautiful ideas, shots and sounds. I like a lot of your phases – the idea of the canals being a tactile memory of a previous industrial landscape. Also loved the shot of the canal boat going into the darkness but the birdsong carrying on. Will watch again with Dad later on. Hope the agreement was ok. Are you going to post it on fb? love mum x

    Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:50:55 +0000 To:

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