18 Ludwig

  • 1 June 2008 - 1 June 2010

18 Ludwig Road was a property in the Anfield area of Liverpool which had been lived in continuously by the same family since 1904. It was vacated in 2008 when the last of the family members died. The interior of the house hadn't been changed in the 100 plus years the family had lived there making it a veritable living museum of working class housing from the early 20th century.

18 Ludwig Road was a property in the Anfield area of Liverpool which had been lived in continuously by the same family since 1904. It was vacated in 2008 when the last of the family members died. The interior of the house hadn't been changed in the 100 plus years the family had lived there making it a veritable living museum of working class housing from the early 20th century.

tenantspin were invited into the property by its landlords and project partners Arena Housing as well as COBRA, the residents association for the neighbourhood to assess the house for any possible arts projects.

Working with local residents, the community centre which services the area, the residents association COBRA and housing staff from Arena, tenantspin came up with the concept of using a mixture of new and old technologies to bring the house to life, and, with the help of the existing family members, put together a very special gallery space for the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition in 2010.

18 Ludwig: Knowledge Lives Everywhere

As part of the Knowledge Lives Everywhere exhibition, the 18 Ludwig space showcased the work of photographer Stephen King. Along with his intimate and strongly observational images of the house through, the space included digital stories collected from the local area in the months leading up to the exhibition. The gallery provided a space for members of the public to come and share their stories in digital story-telling workshops led by artist Jon Turton. There was also a repurposed vintage typewriter set-up so that people could tweet succinct messages, and a rotary dial telephone set up to send recorded memories straight to an online area which archived and exhibited the stories for other visitors to see.

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