Toor o' Fable, 1997
Toor o' Fable, 1997
Installation with 9 minute audio piece, portable radio, color photograph

This piece focused on a 1930's Art Deco cinema in Govan, Glasgow. It consisted of three elements: an actor reading from a 1938 newspaper report on the then new cinema; an interview with Bill Armit, a local architect, that scrutinizes the building's current semi-derelict state; and a recording of a roundtable discussion focusing on the cinema with the Govan Reminiscence Group, a local oral history group. The work attempted to set up a series of open questions about time and memory, the built form and heritage, restoration and value.

The edited audio featured music from John Cage's 'Etudes Australes' (1974) and replayed in the cafeteria at the Pearce Institute, the nearby community center that was hosting the exhibition, through a radio displayed next to a photograph of the cinema's exterior that had been digitally manipulated to distort its shape and intensify its colours.


Eoghan McTigue, 'Taking Place', CIRCA Magazine, Winter 1999
Daniel Jewesbury, 'Limits of Silence', review, CIRCA Magazine, Autumn 1997