Peepers, 2020

Supported by Prism Contemporary Art Gallery and Blakey Moor Townscape Heritage Project, Peepers was a live artwork devised by myself in collaboration with an online community of people who attended a youth prog-rock nightclub called Peepers in Blackburn during the 1970s-80s. Over 40 years on, the live artwork brought back together over 80 participants.

Participant's were familiarised with sensory elements and references of Peepers, including a playlist of prog rock music written in collaboration with Peepers veteran and DJ Jo Duxbury, participatory artwork presented on the night through a collaboration with Prism Artist Daniel Davidson, and rays of UV lighting breaking through clouds of incense.

 

Peepers was a socially engaging live artwork with participatory, performative and ethnographic elements, relying foremost on the participation of its invited community to make it work.

 

As part of an ongoing project I am working on titled 'An Excavation of Memory and Imagination', documentation and outcomes of this artwork will be used to produce an archive of 1970s-80s Blackburn prog-rock nightclub Peepers.

 

 

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