Dream machine

Palin, Tom (2010) Dream machine. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

2000 Journeys (2008-10) was exhibited within Dream Machine, at Metal, Edge Hill Station, and formed part of the Liverpool Biennial 2010. The piece consisted of two thousand acrylic paintings on train tickets collected from personal journeys over a sixteen-year period and covered an area approximately 12.5 x 31 feet. This work grew out of an early, smaller version of the same idea, shown as part of Local Heroes, curated by Sam Skinner, at View Two Gallery, Liverpool, which was part of Liverpool Biennial 2008. The exhibition took one week to install and could be seen from two floors. Two pairs of opera glasses were positioned on plinths to assist viewing. The exhibiting artists were: Gareth Brew, Nicola Dale and composer Ailis Ni Riain, Phil Lockhart, Tom Palin and Richard Proffitt. Dream Machine set out to celebrate the 180th anniversary of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the world’s first inner-city passenger line. These Liverpool and Manchester based artists reflected variously on ideas to do with time, routine, repetition, direction and discipline. I was assisted in this project by Freya Kruczenyk, Paul Kelly, Joe Mulhall, and Metal’s Jenny Porter and Emilis Kasparas. Installation photography by Mark McNulty, and hanging photography by Freya Kruczenyk.

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