4 May – 5 May 2019, 14:00-17:00
For Paradise Remix Cathy Wade has developed a walk that explores how the voice/body can articulate itself within digital/physical space. The route chosen considers how urban sites are navigated, their affect on day to day lived experience and the potential they hold for radical transformation.
Drawing from in-depth archival research into Heather Powell’s 1988 film Paradise Circus, Cathy Wade explores the remnants of Birmingham’s inner ring road and the embodied knowledge of womxn in navigating the city in the present. This investigation of lived space took its first form as the work For the Car, for the Body (digital video, field recordings, photo documentation, re-narration of Paradise Circus and internet searches) in 2017, revealing a continuum from the past to the present in how the city is experienced and designed that still refutes womxn’s experiences.
Saturday 4 May | Archive screening | Hourly, 14:00-17:00
Paradise Circus, Heather Powell, Birmingham Film and Video Workshop (1988, 62mins)
Paradise Circus is about the ways in which the city is perceived by women, living in an environment largely designed by men. How different would a city like Birmingham be if women could influence its design? What stops them from doing this?
For the Car, for the Body, Cathy Wade (2017)
Looped digital video
Sunday 5 May | Paradise Remix Walk | Commences 1pm from Vivid Projects, duration approximately 2 hours
For Paradise Remix, Cathy Wade has reprinted and updated her 2018 publication The Gaps Inbetween.
The publication researches the legacies of the inner ring road and built-environment of Birmingham. The text is a partial transcription of dialogues that critique the cities infrastructure from Heather Powell’s film 1988, the images within publication are taken from ongoing documentation of encounters with the flux and upheaval experienced through walking. Copies will be given to those who join the walk on Sunday 5 May.
Paradise Remix is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories.