THIS MOVEMENT: STOKE-ON-TRENT (MOVEMENT 9)Hamish MacPherson
A series of 11 interviews about the movements of Stoke on Trent recorded in 2017 around experiences of dancing and demonstrations and other bodily activities. Developed as part of a Residency undertaken during DECAPOD - AirSpace’s 10th Birthday exhibition.
It is recommendedthat you listen to the interviews, with or without headphones, lying in the dark or with your eyes closed.
"A wonderful, committed, beguiling and intimate portrait of everyday action and personal and civic pride" - AirSpace Gallery
Marching against the council: "There was about 10, 15 of us, then there was 30, then there was 50, and then there was 250, and the next thing you know, according to police figures, there were 1,000 people" (29 mins)
Organising dance classes for all: "It could only happen in this room. Out of this room the safety was gone and so they never met anywhere else." (18 mins)
Reclaiming the local town hall: "We took occupation" (18 mins)
Holding onto the community's land: "I want them to cast off their sheep's clothing and to actually make a stand because if they don't their future generations will have fuck all to thank them for" (31 mins)
Choreographing a public dance: "I hope in that moment it changed the perception of the street" (16 mins)
Supporting striking miners: "We were fighting for our lives and not only fighting for our lives; we were fighting for community and their lives" (23 mins)
The community performance: "It makes you look at everything with a completely different aspect" (27 mins)
Bodies on the line: "Someone had designed these lock-on belts that were chains covered in heavy-duty strapping that was sewn in with just little holes where you could put the lock on, to lock onto somebody else." (27 mins)
The guardian: "I'm there because it's my duty, my job, because I want to be there" (5 mins)
Enjoy yourself: "People were waving flags, shouting ... Someone had a whistle ... some of us had bells I think from what I remember. Every time we go on a demo we forget that we've got flags and whistles at home and we forget to take them We've still got the flags from this rally ... We have. My NASWUT...." (12 mins)
Life's work: "I have been freed" (26 mins)