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'Time Travel' by Cherry Tenneson and Steph Fletcher

Date uploaded: April 2, 2015

In Certain Places presents 'Time Travel' - a collection of new artworks and urban interventions by Cherry Tenneson and Steph Fletcher. Informed by eighteen months of research in Preston city centre, their individual projects - 'Outward journeys must not be in the past' and 'twentyfourzero' explore the tensions between individual agency and authority, and question the continued potential for collective forms of action in today's neoliberal city.

Outward journeys must not be in the past - Cherry Tenneson

Thursday the 16th of April 2015 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Guests are welcome to join Cherry Tenneson on a tour of her artworks, meeting outside the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and ending at Preston Railway Station. A packed lunch will be provided. Click here to reserve your place.

Outward journeys must not be in the past is a series of signs and posters, installed in Preston’s transport hubs, which examine the city’s significant relationship with modernist transport information design from the late 1950s to late 1960s. The artworks reflect Tenneson’s fascination with the prevalence of modernist signage in the city, such as the original Swiss influenced signs in the bus station; the railway station’s still-prevalent British Rail corporate identity signs; and the standardised motorway signage originally developed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert for the M6 Preston By-pass - the first motorway in the UK. Named after an error message on the National Rail website, the project emphasises the conflicting styles and messages which have developed in the city over time, and explores the role of typography within everyday urban experiences.

Click here to find out more about Tenneson’s art practice

twentyfourzero - Steph Fletcher

Thursday the 16th of April 2015 from 5pm to 6pm at Union House, 43 St Peters Square, University of Central Lancashire, PR1 7BX. Visitors can make their way through a forest of office plants to view a screening of Steph Fletcher’s short film, twentyfourzero, and join her Anxious Workers Club. The film will be shown on a loop, so visors can arrive any time between 5 and 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.

twentyfourzero is a collection of small performances, participatory activities and a short film, which form part of Steph Fletcher’s ongoing investigations into the increasingly precarious nature of modern work and its impact upon everyday life. Exposing the fragmented experiences of time, social alienation and disrupted daily routines, resulting from contemporary employment practices such as ‘zero hour contracts', the project considers the ways in which dispersed and alienated workers struggle to utilize traditional methods of protest - which rely on collective action. Pondering the place (and future) of the lone, isolated and anxious protester/worker, Fletcher employs the humble house/office plant as a recurring motif in her work. A token workplace gesture towards nurture and nature - purported to make employees 'happier, more productive and less stressed' - such plants are perhaps also a reminder of our eroding sense of 'natural' circadian (24 hour) rhythm, and diminishing sense of belonging to traditional places of work.

Click here to find out more about Fletcher’s art practice