Summer Programme 2004
SAT 10 JULY 2004

Land Marks: Huddersfield

Saturday 10 July 04
12pm – 5pm

Venue: The Media Centre | Info: 0870 990 5007

Land Marks: Huddersfield, is a one day event at The Media Centre to launch three new media art projects based in Huddersfield which emerge from the town’s landscape, history and collective memory. Wireless and mobile technologies are employed by artists and poets to trace and document memory and experience, exploring ways that our knowledge of streets and buildings are inseparable from our personal memories.

+ This is a free public event so everyone is welcome to come along, meet the artists, and get involved.

1. Surface Patterns: are you on the map?

01 July 04 – 01 July 04

Created by Blink and supported by The Media Centre.

Surface Patterns provides free access to the hidden histories of twelve sites across Huddersfield. It aims to inspire both visitors and the people who live and work in Huddersfield to learn about local heritage via their mobile phones, and to contribute to an evolving audio and text archive. By texting a key number mobile phone users can access text and sound files 24 hours a day, seven days a week to reveal the hidden histories of each site and learn how a series of locations have been transformed over time.

Do you have a memory of a particular place in Huddersfield? Whether your own significant site is where you met your partner or even where you like to eat your lunch, add it to the Surface Patterns map; simply send a text or leave an answerphone message. No record is too trivial or personal, and all contributions go towards building a picture of how people find unexpected ways to respond to their environment.

New audio clips and 10 new infotexts will be available from the 1st of every month. The full archive, along with all selected contributions will feature on the website at:

TEXT: Text 07781 47 10 38 to receive a text message containing information about one of twelve locations or to add a memory to the archive.

AUDIO: Call 01484 437400 to listen to soundbites and leave your anecdote as an answerphone message.

Surface Patterns texts are free. Recorded information is charged at your usual network rate. No personal details are retained or given to third parties.

Surface Patterns is created by Blink and funded by Arts Council England, Awards for All, Kirklees Cultural Services and The Media Centre.

Lisa Roberts at Blink: 01484 301 805 [[email protected]]

2. Surface Patterns: Audio Tours by Jen Southern

Medialounge Exhibition
12 Jul – 24 Sep 2004
Mon - Fri
10am – 5.30pm

A new work commissioned jointly by The Media Centre and Blink

Surface Patterns: Audio Tours uses a Global Positioning System [GPS] device to explore how memory is linked to urban and domestic place. The GPS device itself can only describe latitude, longitude and altitude; however, when used to trace the route that someone takes through a place, it can reveal the pattern of the path taken, allowing us to share knowledge of hidden locations and unexpected vantage points along that path.

More information will be uploaded soon.

3. Speakers Corner: Nameless Poem by Eleanor Rees

Following a recent upgrade of the Speakers Corner display, The Media Centre, in collaboration with The Word Hoard, is pleased to announce the launch of a commission by Liverpool poet Eleanor Rees. Eleanor has written a new poem specifically for presentation on Speakers Corner; over the coming months the public are invited to respond to the refrain “Tell me something of this,” using text messaging or via the website. The public’s responses will inform a re-writing of the poem, which will then replace the original, creating a recursive hybrid work that exists somewhere between the poet and the street. The project will run until March 2004, and the completed poem will be published in print form and will be available from The Word Hoard and The Media Centre.

The project will go live on Speakers Corner on 10 July 2004.

Land Marks: Huddersfield
Saturday 10 July 04

Guided tours to Surface Patterns locations. Each tour will begin with a brief introduction to the Surface Patterns: Audio Tours exhibition in the Medialounge by Huddersfield artist Jen Southern.

1 pm - Surface Patterns Tour
2 pm - Surface Patterns Tour
3 pm - Surface Patterns Tour

+ Tours start from The Media Centre reception.

4 pm - Poetry Reading

Eleanor Rees will introduce and read from her new commission for Speakers Corner, ‘Nameless Poem’ in The Media Centre Café Bar.

Info: 0870 990 5007

Surface Patterns
Photography by Debbie Noble, 2004.

Surface Patterns
Photography by Debbie Noble, 2004.

Surface Patterns
Photography by Debbie Noble, 2004.

Surface Patterns
Photography by Debbie Noble, 2004

Surface Patterns: Audio Tours
Surface Patterns: Audio Tours by Jen Southern, Medialounge Exhibition, 2004.