A short film thats in permanent exhibition at the South Liverpool Hospital in Garston - the birthplace of the School of Tropical Medicine and of the study and cure of tropical diseases in the western world. The fi is part of a commission of a number f works designed for the Hospital. It's about a local community composting group in Garston. The Rotters group collects food waste from the local area, turning it into compost, which is then used in their allotment growing projects with old people and children.
The film explores how knowledge is passed between generations – as recipes or life lessons – as well as the day to day operations of the waste collectors. This was one of three documentaries about the local area, commissioned by FACT, to show in the new South Liverpool Hospital. The film is forms a small part of a much bigger exhibition of works exploring ideas, communication and community, currently on at FACT. The ‘Knowledge Lives Everywhere‘ exhibition also features work by Neil Winterburn, HIVE Collective, Aberrant Architecture, and Nerve Magazine.
Works for the hospital include a medicine garden that includes private and communal areas, a screening space, a lightbox installation, and a strange but beautiful insect/plant hybrid sculpture which points to its origins as the birthplace of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. It was inspired by a local Garston blogger who said something to the nature of "they're pulling down our building and trying to appease us with another fucking public artwork". So I made a sub -tropical community garden with Chris Watsons sounds collected over his years of working with Attenborough. It started with my requests to have some say in the colour of the waiting room chairs and being told that this may not be possible, to the LSHP going all the way and my waiting room design of 2 storey glass fronted, Goan red floor waiting area with mobile planters and guaranteed-to-be open public garden courtyard
Five years on the bananas haven't fruited but in the summer its really populated. The lovely people of Rotters work with kids to garden, some of whom believe that chips come from Iceland (shop not country) not potatoes
Plants were donated by Liverpool Parks and Gardens - the biggest collection of tropical plants in the UK after Kew but poorly housed and dying, many of the ex-tropical plant handlers live in Garston,