Honor Gavin

Midland

Mixed media installation, sound

MIDLAND is an imaginary city, but everything in it is real. In the 1950s and 1960s, a Lecturer at the city’s University took a series of photographs charting the gnarled industrial landscape, the smog stained municipal buildings, and the brand new brutalist future. Many of the 446 images she collected are displayed here, some adapted, others as they were taken. The Lecturers’s name was Phyllis Nicklin. Ernest (‘Bill’) Harlow was the deputy building surveyor for the city during the period shown in the photographs. The maps here traced and threaded are dedicated to him. Previously, MIDLAND made most of the world’s pen nibs. Each one was made by a woman. Musically, MIDLAND happens to be most famous for ‘metal’, but it made also made the wires that made the modern upright piano possible. The MIDLAND soundtrack, performed live at St Philips, can be heard below.

THE MIDLAND SOUNDTRACK

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