Kelly Mark: Liverpool A-Z

  • 16 September 2006 - 26 November 2006

Kelly Mark uses the city as a lab for interrupting and observing the rhythms of urban life.

The A-Z street map as we know it today was the brainchild of Phyllis Pearsall (MBE) in 1936. It is a tool with thousands of equal working parts, yet activities such as house-hunting or relocating inevitably make a few pages dog-eared and marked while leaving the bulk of the A-Z as pristine sheets of streets, parts of the city that one need not, should not or cannot access.

Kelly Mark's Liverpool A-Z project, developed with tenantspin, attempts to get to know Liverpool by chatting with 26 people whose first names begin with the letters A-Z. Filmed with tenantspin in a high-rise flat at Sefton Park, the 26 episodes are presented via webcasts on the BBC Big Screen in central Liverpool and in the Media Lounge at FACT.

Kelly and tenantspin piece together a city in which no areas are deemed inaccessible, unnecessary or undesirable. Arts, medicine, law, history, philosophy, entertainment, sport, activism and media are all represented - as are the gaps in between; people as citizens, observers, doers, participants in urban life and people as fine details of this great city are brought together to form more than the sum of the parts.

Liverpool A-Z is part of Liverpool Biennial International Festival 2006.