Wholesale Memory – Everything Must Go
Birmingham Wholesale Market could rightly be said to be the birthplace of the city. It’s now being closed to make way for the largest regeneration project in the city since the Bullring – bringing huge changes to Brum and changing the city forever. There have been markets on the site since the 11th century, it’s the site of the original manor house and has huge historical significance, not least since its people have been feeding the rest of us for centuries. The market has a unique culture all of its own, which is unlikely to entirely survive the move to its new home in Witton. Last year, we and a team of 60 artists, technicians, performers and volunteers staged ‘Everything Must Go’ a site-specific homage to the site. A ritual to say goodbye, and to experience lives lived and fortunes won and lost through the microcosm of the markets.
Obviously the show was a huge success, in our humble opinions, but don’t take our word for it, there’s a lovely peer review on Stan’s Cafe’s blog
Here’s a multiscreen clip of some of the work included in the show –
We are working with ambisonics experts and film-makers to create a way to represent the work in an ‘all around you’ format – so those of you who didn’t get to see the real thing can at least get a flavour – keep your eyes peeled… (also why we’re making this page a bit of a tease, don’t want to give it all away now, when there’s better goodies to come)