mile stories 2003
ibrowse internet cafe and bookfinders cafe, belfast
curated by angela darby, fully formed projects
Golden Mile Stories uses IBrowse Internet Café and Bookfinders Café as sites
to investigate the Golden Mile Area of Belfast. The piece utilises stories
gathered about the area to make customised mugs and screen backgrounds (for
the Internet café). Customised 'story cups' are also located in both cafés.
Internet cafes and book shops are locations where stories and facts are read,
told, swapped and sent. When sending email from one global location to another
it is common to find accounts of places. The stories used for this project
are born of people's observations, sometimes factual, sometimes humorous. The
Golden Mile as a location contains elements of the local and the global, its
stories reveal this and its cafes provide interesting contexts to tell these.
worked in Explorers restaurant on Gt. Victoria
St. A bomb blast ripped a huge hole in the road
and the front of the restaurant. When the proprietor
returned to survey the damage he found a group
of contented local 'wino's' ensconced under the
drinks optics behind the bar.''
Story telling and swapping is common to most cultures it acts as a metaphor
for discussion and debate. This project is an attempt to use the vernacular
everyday to communicate broader political issues.
Media, jpg. screen backgrounds installed on computers, customised porcelain
of ibrowse cafe