HARTLEPOOL FUTURE CALLING
A new sound art piece by Peter Falconer
What do you think Hartlepool will be like in 5 years' time?
Leave a message at 07552 056274 telling me.
100% anonymous. Your number will not be recorded. You cannot be contacted or traced.
Use whatever language you like. Be proud. Be angry. Be frustrated. Be pessimistic. Be hopeful. Be frightened. But most of all, be honest.
Your recording may be used in a new sound art piece to be exhibited in galleries around the UK and online.
The last century has shown time and time again that in a period of economic crisis, it is the North East that suffers most, and recovers slowest. With over a decade of depression, recession, austerity, and now Covid-19, Hartlepool's future looks more uncertain than ever.
The council, the government, and leaders of local industry all have designs on Hartlepool's future, but even with consultations and surveys the actual voices and words of ordinary Hartlepudlians so often get lost.
Hartlepool Future Calling is a short piece constructed of voice recordings of ordinary Hartlepudlans talking about what they believe the town will look like in 5 years' time, with a soundscape drawn from the town's unique urban, rural and coastal setting. The voices are gathered by people calling 07552 056274 and leaving a message.
I anticipate a mix of optimism and pessimism, pride and frustration. However, although it is important to highlight people's challenges and fears, I am not interested in making a poverty porn piece, nor in painting Hartlepudlians as romantic Noble Victims. Similarly, this will not be a rose-tinted promo-video. It will be a unique artistic record of the less-heard voices of Hartlepool.
The telephone number above is linked to an anonymous voicemail box that only I have access to. I cannot trace your number, and I cannot call you back. Leave a message with your thoughts on Hartlepool's future, whatever they may be. By leaving a message, you are consenting for your voice to be used in the sound piece, which will be presented to galleries across the UK, and on my own website.
I look forward to hearing your calls to the future.