D-Tour: thoughts looking sidewards (2018)
Single channel video with crowd sourced soundtrack
Context: writing on public transport, experimental video, collective creativity, noticing the people and things around us
We invited travellers on the D bus route in Exeter to contribute short writings, musings and poetries about their journey. By answering 6 creative writing questions, and offering them for voice recording to other passengers, their thoughts formed the inspiration & soundtrack for a new video art work made by Blind Ditch. All contributions were anonymous.
Photography by Volkhardt Müller & Tashy Hughes
- 10:30-14:30 17.3 2018 – On board screening at University of Exeter Community Day, The Forum, Streatham Campus. Everyone welcome!
WHAT WAS SAID
“Poetic, sombre – I really liked the linking of the mundane nature of cosmopolitan transportation to more profound underlying themes”
“The link between community and necessity – it’s all part of keeping Exeter ‘ticking’”
“Really liked the plethora of conversations… different thoughts”
“Bus thoughts are almost similar to pillow talks… day dreaming…”
“It was a lot of fun. It made the journey go so much faster.”
“Really enjoyed how you take something so simple, something not many people think about… and enlarge it to encompass a whole range of different themes… community… ethnicities, city idiosyncrasies, cognitive cues…”
“The bus became a destination in itself rather than a means to an end. A place for contemplation…”
“It felt like we were moving”
“What an innovative way of exploring journeys and movement. So immersive and an interesting perspective on different people.”