jonbar Archaeology

As part of NN Contemporary Art’s Jonbar Archaeology project, I worked with the poets Ryan Van Winkle and Katherine Leyton to create a walking poetry tour of Northampton.

What if you were never born? What if your grandmother was thrown from a horse or your grandfather burned in a factory fire? Would you be a ghost, or just a dream of a ghost? With sounds recorded and collaged from various locales by Jonathan Prior and poems by Katherine Leyton & Ryan Van Winkle this sometimes surreal, sometimes contradictory, sometimes emotional tour explores the divergent and fabricated histories of a Northampton character who might not even exist.

The project works best listening to it in situ (details here), but you can listen to the whole tour below. Many thanks to NN Contemporary Art for commissioning the project.

Stop 1 (NN Contemporary Art)

NN Contemporary Art

Stop 2 (The Guildhall)

Guildhall

Stop 3 (The Grosvenor Centre)

Shopping centre

Stop 4 (Passageway)

Passageway

Stop 5 (The Church of the Holy Sepulchre)

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Stop 6 (The Factories: Overstone Road/ Dunster Street)

Overstone Road/ Dunster Street

Stop 7 (St. Giles Church)

St Giles Church

Stop 8 (Snail Sculpture)

Northampton Marina