Betty by Mark Titchner (UK)

Located in the entrance foyer and ‘Teenager’s Space’ of the library, a type-based video sequence contains the statement, “I want no more guns in the world” by Betty Loades (aged 13). 


On a continuous loop, each word magnifies and advances towards the viewer, designed to feel like self-hypnosis or auto-suggestive mind control. The text is layered over film footage of library books being torn to pieces and dropped from a balcony. Ripped pages fall and rise from the ground as text rhythmically repeats this anti-violence mantra.


Watch Betty (white)
Watch Betty (black)

Watch the film made for HULL

“It is a great idea to have our messages on display around the library, because it shows the world our ideas and things we would like to happen. The colours in the video and the torn pages in the background especially appeal to me, because it reminds me of the sound workshop, where we had lots of fun. I love the fact that Mark has used my handwriting, because it makes everyone's work unique to them and it shows people that we are all different and have different views on things.I know my response won’t ever happen, but I think it’s important for me to at least have my say in telling people what I think needs changing”.


Words by Betty Loades, aged 13 from Hull.

What I want more than anything else by Mark Titchner is commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in partnership with Hull Culture & Leisure Library Service, Inspiring healthy lifestyles and Lancashire County Council.