Something happened here and all we can sense is the imprint of time.
The trace, the trauma, the leftovers.
Bristol's waterflow has been significantly altered through urban planning across the centuries, resulting in a reshaping and a burying of its natural pathways. The deviation of the River Avon to accommodate the floating harbour; the burial of the River Frome underneath the Eastville Flyover; the networking of St. John's underground conduit; the digging of Raven's Well, subterranean passages tunnelled by Augustinian friars, who, in the 14th century had settled South of Temple Church.
Residual gathers visual and sonic samples from forgotten sites that were once at the heart of a prosperous city. A corridor inside Customs House (tax collection point for incoming merchant boats in the 18th century) and the 1940s operating cabin on the Redcliffe Bascule Bridge, both now empty. Details of St. Mark's and Bristol Cathedral's old chapel expose traces, organic scars, ridges and holes – trauma following architectural defacement, reconstruction and the passage of time.
Research for Residual gathers fact (this happened here) and feeling (I sense this here) in a process of mapping that groups geographies to form visual and aural connections via juxtapositions and cross-dissolves oscillating between emergence and evanescence. The Hot Spring, Clifton Rock Rail and Grand Spa Hydro sequence is an example.
Images: artist research stills and sites map for Residual.
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