For the exhibition at PAPER, a gallery I co-run in Manchester, I presented a Jackanory style performance, combining live storytelling and filmed drawings. Jackanory not only references my childhood and formative years, but for me the format of the programme was intimate, as if the famous actor out of his/her usual acting role was reading to me alone. This intimacy is highlighted further through the relationship between the actor and the handheld qualities of the filmed illustrations.
I constructed the performance by presenting the non-linear narratives from a series of stories set around memories of 1980’s Wythenshawe. The live reading will take place and activate the spaces around PAPER, creating a specific environment for the recordings. This footage was then juxtaposed and intercut with the specific drawings. The drawings acted as a way of illustrating the narratives, but will explore and highlight the fragile, unpredictable, non-linear nature, and the slippage between place and memory.
The video was presented on an old cathode ray tube TV that emphasised both the nostalgic reference and the idea that memory is as much constructed through television as through physical experiences. The presentation of the work also explores an expanded notion of drawing that includes film, performance, and storytelling.