Monday, 21 March 2011

a field student of speech lines

A song sung of Walthamstow

Recently, at the table on the marsh event organised by Liz Ellis (rivers under the pavement), I met some artists involved in the 'rivercities' project. They showed me photographs of their visit to the source of the River Lee, near Luton. The photographs revealed an inauspicious start to the course of one of London's most important rivers; a succession of grim concrete culverts is partly what I remember of the images.

Despite the bleak account I hope some of the photographs will be published via their blog/website.

I was intrigued to find out a particular aspect of their trip was to locate the source of the Lee by asking locals for directions rather than rely solely on maps and the potential plethora of contemporary gadgetry available to us. Not for those explorers was it to be the guiding bleeps and blinks of Sputnik's microwaving progeny.

Here is this recording again - the beginnings of an oral or spoken map of Walthamstow.

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