An edited version of a 75 minute video piece intended for exhibition in a gallery. The piece was partly created during a residency at The Lock Up Cultural Centre in Newcastle, New South Wales Australia (nicholashedges.co.uk/lockup).
The video was shot in the exercise yard of the former lock-up and in this video, the space acts as a metaphor for our understanding of the past as articulated through history. History can only tell us so much, a tiny fraction of that which made the past when it too was the present. History is like a prison for the past - one in which we are constrained in terms of how far we can go, what we can explore and ultimately what we can know. We are the figure walking between the walls, while the reality of the world beyond can just be heard through the bars.
The narration is taken from lists of observations made during a series of walks around Newcastle. These everyday, almost banal observations remind us what the past was really like, how it too comprised everday experiences.