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"Broader than Broadway: A Site-specific Installation by Donald Bousted and Gary O'Connor"
2003-10-15 until 2003-10-26
seven seven contemporary
UK United Kingdom
A site-specific installation of audio and text inspired by archive material. The work responds to
historical and contemporary aspects of life on Broadway Market. These responses address our
perception of historical data; questioning value, meaning and method. Number seventy-seven is
viewed as a shop space (which is was, prior to becoming a gallery, since the 1830s) which plays host
to a range of intriguing characters.
Some of these characters are documented in the fragmented play
broader than broadway which is reproduced in the catalogue. Descriptions of customers comings
and goings have been recorded, by hand, on a till roll that slowly spools through a mechanical device.
This is read, one word at a time, by a small camera that relays the information to a CCTV monitor
positioned in a separate space. The audio transmits a secret, whispered narrative in one space and a
concise remembrance in the other, each defused by tiny exciters (the components used in flat speakers;
the basis of NXT’s revolutionary cardboard speaker systems) attached to the wooden floor and to
glass panes positioned within both spaces.
Donald Bousted is a composer and sound artist living in London. His work has been performed
internationally and broadcast in the UK, America, the Netherlands and France and is recorded onto CD
by several artists. His principal interests are microtonality; new instruments; technology and
applications for music and sound in and outside the concert hall. Recent work consciously explores
areas between sound, music, performance, improvisation, video and live art.
Gary O'Connor is an artist whose practice is characterised by the use of audio and visual
technologies, live art practice and the production of written works which underpin these other areas.
He was selected for East End Collaborations 2000, a London live arts platform supported by the Live
Arts Development Agency. He is, with Catherine Packard, the co-founder of eel (east end live) which
has enabled emerging and established artists, whose work includes live art; video; film and other timebased
practices, to present new works in a series of events at various East London venues. In April
2002 his written work Big John's Pocket Watch was published in Guest Room, an anthology of
writings and photography by a collective of London artists. He has shown work in several group
shows in London, Edinburgh and, more recently, in Vienna.
Thurs 16 - Sun 19 October
Thurs 23 - Sun 26 October
12.00pm - 6.00pm