The number eleven skirts the city of Birmingham, the 11C clockwise, the 11A anti, taking in all of its great suburbs as far from the blandly redeveloped city centre as you can get without ending up in the wider conurbation. At two hours 45 minutes long it’s one of the longest bus routes in Europe, and if you stop on you can go round and round again.
I filmed a complete loop, out of the window from the top deck of Birmingham’s 11A bus and sped it up to five minutes — unfortunately it rained and the view straight ahead isn’t the most interesting. It has a nice, ‘London to Brighton in Four Minutes’ vibe, but it isn’t the document of our town that it should have been.
So that’s why 11-11-11 was born, I hope to get other artists or anyone with an interest to document their town, what it means to them and where they think it’s going — in any form they like.
Other Birmingham Mapp-y Based Artworks
The Birmingham Music Map : With the Birmingham Popular Music Archive I’ve been inviting the public to contribute to an online database of music culture in Birmingham, by placing venues, artists, people or anything they feel relates to music on a map.
A map of where I’ve been : I stitched together this map of Birmingham – and then rubbed out everywhere I hadn’t been.
A personal A to Z : Photos of street name signs.
The Great Bull : Birmingham based version of Patterson’s The Great Bear