Project Description

The Traveling Guest Book  (2002)

An interactive book work with accompanying audio CD on the nature of tourism in the South Hams.

Context: interview based research, 1 in 10 houses second homes, house prices 100% higher than national average, private beaches, rural nostalgia

THE WORK

In late summer 2002 Blind Ditch interviewed passers-by – locals and tourists – at villages and attractions across the South Hams district of Devon about their thoughts on the region. Each interviewee’s story was edited into a sound work on CD to accompany a series of colour stills of the moment of conversation. The images were combined with maps of the area and hand bound into a ‘guest book’.
Readers were invited to leaf through the book whilst listening to the soundtrack; writing their own comments about their experience of the book and their own thoughts about the South Hams onto the waiting pages. The work is both a record of a moment in time and a collection of opinions on the nature of tourism, landscape and local politics.

PARTNERS

Funded by South Hams District Council

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WHAT WAS SAID

“What a wonderful experience, thumbing through a beautiful book, listening to some interesting people.”

Ishbel Ramsey, Arts Officer, South Hams District Council

“What would make this place better? My house in it. What would spoil it? My house in it.”

Ann Hitchison, tourist in Dartmouth

“…things are changing, but hopefully not too much.”

Norman & William, Chairman & President of the Modbury Club

“As long as the trains keep going it’ll be alright…”

Norman, Station Master

PEOPLE

Devised, facilitated and designed by Paula Crutchlow, Cat Radford, Volkhardt Müller and Henning Hegland.
Sound design John Levack Drever.

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