Here Comes Everybody (HCE) is a new project by Close and Remote (Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter). This has been commissioned by UP Projects in partnership with Lewisham Council and supported by Arts Council England. HCE has been developed as an app for iPhone and Android and uses GPS to locate a new narrative down the River Pool in Lewisham. Starting at the the Lower Sydenham end of the walk on Southend Lane, the listener encounters a series of 12 chapters, in the form of an intimate narrative, reflecting on personal freedom in the age of social media. The two central characters, HCE and ALP are drawn from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, each walking along the river towards their own destinies.
Close and Remote have worked with artist Peter Cusack to record sounds of the River Pool creating a serendipitous new work. The narration is by Shereen Elizabeth and Cormac Faulkner.
Here Comes Everybody introduces the idea of User Generated Surveillance using spy cameras, remote control helicopters, hidden microphones, mini-boats and bicycles.
An accompanying installation has been devised at the end of the walk at the bridge where the rivers Ravensbourne and Pool meet.
YOU CAN ALSO LISTEN AT HOME – the app also has an MP3 mode which means you can listen to the story anywhere.