Perfume Disco Coma

Project: Widnes Waterfront Residencies
Location: Runcorn & Widnes
Commissioner: Halton BC & Widnes Waterfront EDZ
Cost: £10,000
Co-Curator: beam
Artists: Jordan BasementPerfume Disco Coma
Programme: 6 months
Atoll Service: Public Art Curator and Consultant for Beam on behalf of Halton BC
Project Status: Completed 2008
Exhibitions: Perfume Disco Coma shown at:
Tatton Park Biennial 2010
Purescreen 25 Among the Nightingales 2010

Description: In affiliation with beam, Ian Banks prepared the commissioning strategy for Widnes Waterfront EDZ and the public art strategy for Halton Borough Council generally. Works also involved commissioning initial artist residencies for artist-filmmaker Jordan Baseman who produced a film Perfume Disco Coma. The works were produced alongside artist collective TEA who produced an action-research arts investigation of Widnes waterfront called Brown Fields Blue Skies, featured here. This joint strategy work and temporary arts programme culminated with the commissioning of a final permanent public art work called the Future Flower by artist architects Tonkin Liu, and featured separately here.

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Jordan Baseman:  as described by Matts Gallery “…Perfume Disco Coma features (local) librarian Wendy Hindley. We hear Wendy as she reflects on her experience of falling into a coma for six weeks. She speaks of coming close to death and her dramatic and unexpected recovery. Wendy’s voice is accompanied by stroboscopic images of a young woman and musically, by a simple piano melody composed by Baseman. The combination of rhythmic after-image and melody create a striking display”

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