We were delighted with the amount of media attention that Manchester Time Piece got, particularly with the support of the MEN who published 2 articles, and put an animated shadow map on their website, updating it as we tweeted our location. We were also pleased to see Paul, the Guardian photographer and have the project featured on the Guardian’s Northener blog. Below are links to some of the press coverage.
This is the final location and the final photo. We will be doing tours of Manchester Time Piece on Saturday 2nd July as part of the Manchester Art Crawl, but you can go and see it any time by following the information in the posts below. If you have any problems finding the locations, or if the photos are missing, please leave a comment or tweet us @McrTimePiece. We are going out regularly to check the photos and replace them when necessary.
7pm. the shadow falls on the canal behind the Ritz on Whitworth Street and the photo is on the back of the Ritz.
On Tuesday we will spend the whole day, 7am to 7pm following the shadow around the city. Most of the time will be the bits in between when we are waiting for the hour to pass, and looking out for a bit of blue sky so we can check the position. Are there cafe’s open at 7am? Will we have to buy 12 cups of tea in order to have a little sit down between hours? It’s going to be an awfully long day!
One aspect of this project has been the experimentation with social networking media, and it has been fascinating. Our twitter account plodded along quite slowly for a couple of weeks until one day, mentions by a few key people turned a trickle into a flood and our followers more than doubled in a single day.
We have to keep reminding ourselves that twitter still has a small and exclusive following. But it has helped us generate a lot of interest in the project and not only a one off bit of information, like a press article, but the establishing of a kind of relationship with people who then have a small investment in us. It will be interesting to see it this translates into an audience for the project.
The flip side is the time it takes and the potential for compulsive tweeting and tweet-watching. We are certainly spending more time in front of the computer, is that a good thing?
There is also our experience with Facebook, where a lack of understanding of the mechanics meant that some friends ended up in our group, whether they wanted to or not. This was not welcomed by one vocal person, but I suspect there were plenty more who were equally pissed off.
On the other hand, the Facebook group has elicited a lot of comments, stories, quotes, questions, which is great for us and provides us with material which we can work with later.
Manchester Art Crawl is an artist led event, and is part of the ‘Not Part Of’ festival running alongside The Manchester International Festival from 2-16th July. It is a large scale inclusive platform for contemporary artists living and working in Manchester beyond.
Manchester Time Piece is proud to be selected as part of the Manchester Art Crawl.
On Midsummer’s Day, Tuesday 21st June 2011, Tern Collective will transform Manchester into a giant sundial, using the Beetham Tower as the gnomon (shadow-maker). Annie Harrison, Jude Macpherson and Jacqueline Wylie will spend dawn to dusk on the longest day of the year, following the shadow of the tower. On the hour, every hour, they will mark the postion of the shadow - mapping the passage of time - by leaving a photograph of the Beetham Tower taken from somewhere in the city.
We will tweet each hour to tell our followers about the position of the shadow, and the position of the photograph, and in the following days we will post a downloadable route map so that the audience can participate in the journey.
You can follow us on twitter @McrTimePiece, on on Facebook, and we would love to see your photographs of Beetham Tower, your reflections on the passage of time and the movement of shadows.