The Stuart Hall Foundation and Iniva are pleased to announce that the first artist in residence at the Stuart Hall Library, Ting-Ting Cheng, started her residency in January 2017.
During her residency, Ting-Ting will be revisiting an audio recording of Stuart Hall speaking on the popular BBC radio programme Desert Island Discs in 2000. When researching the archive, Ting-Ting was particularly struck by the following quote from Hall:
"I think the British have a future only if they can come to terms with the fact that Britishness is not one thing and has never been one thing...If you think of last year...first of all the celebration of the Windrush Arrival, which is 50 years since the first post-war migrants. On the other hand, there is the MacPherson inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence. And it seems to me that Britain is facing these two possibilities as an alternative future..."
Ting-Ting felt this quote was highly relevant today. Using the Desert Island Discs audio archive as an index for her research in the library, Ting-Ting will explore the concept of Britishness and visions of a utopian future. She plans to create an audio map which will guide audiences through the library. In the words of the artist: "The audio map is designed to convert the library into a desert island where audiences follow the journey of the conversation 16 years ago in the current context."
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