Polaroids, Podcasts and Perambulation
Coventry, various locations
June – November 2023
Our first commission for Project:Public is with photographic artist and video maker Adele Mary Reed.

Throughout Summer/Autumn 2023 Coventry based photographer and video maker Adele Mary Reed has developed new pieces of work in response to Project:Public, devising a set of provocations or prompts for exploring the internal and external in regards to the city and using various lens-based and conversational tools for thinking through ideas.

In answering the question ‘What are you currently thinking/obsessed about?’  Adele paid attention to the human instinct to be in the landscape, seeing life unfold and witnessing with authenticity and openness the city’s surprises, discomforts, and joy. She has been reading and collecting quotes, exploring city planning documents, historical accounts of land use and creating Polaroids in the public realm as a starting point for her enquiries.

The project evolved through a series of walking talking listening looking podcasts between Adele and Theatre Absolute artistic directors Julia Negus and Chris O’Connell published further down the page, eventually accumulating in a Super 8 film which you can view below.

Find out more in Adele’s introductory blog post and her conclusion here.

Image credits:

Polaroid in header of Adele by Julia Negus, Hearsall Common, 3rd July 2023.

Polaroid in body of text by Adele Mary Reed, Greyfriars Green, Coventry city centre, 26th June 2023.

Handwritten notes by Adele Mary Reed, 26th June 2023.

The Book of Trespass by Nick Hayes, Bloomsbury Circus, Great Britain, 2020. 

Room to Breathe essay by Chris Powell in Psychogeography & Psychotherapy: Connecting Pathways edited by Chris Rose, PCCS Books, Monmouth, UK, 2019

19th June 2023, Preliminary walk with Polaroid I

26th June 2023, Preliminary walk with Polaroid II

3rd July 2023, Perambulation with Julia - Hearsall Common

17th July 2023, Perambulation with Chris - Stoke

27th July 2023, considering public space

AUGUST 2023, considering un-public space

AUGUST 2023, considering HIDDEN space

September 2023, considering the future