Here Comes Everybody is a Close and Remote project commissioned by UP Projects as part of their Secret Garden Project Lewisham programme working in partnership with Lewisham Council and supported by Arts Council England.
Here Comes Everybody Smartphone App Credits
Close and Remote – Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter
UP Projects – Emma Underhill and Bethan Johnson
The London Borough of Lewisham
Sound recording – Peter Cusack and Maria Papadomanolaki
App development – Close and Remote (with thanks to Calvium Ltd)
Sketchbook web development – Dane Watkins
Narrative – Close and Remote
Voice recording – Gareth Jones, Cormac Faulkner
Narrators – Shereen Elizabeth, Cormac Faulkner
Close and Remote
Close and Remote are Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter, artists based in London. Working together on a range of locative, site-specific and digitally inspired projects that seek to create openings and actions that engage people in understanding the world around them. Their combined practice is playful, probing and most often concerned with investigating ways of “making history obvious”. Recent projects include ‘Digital Citizen’, looking at how we produce and consume data in a smart city, and ‘Urban Retreat’ investigating the margins between the urban and the rural.
Peter Cusack is a field recordist and sound artist with a special interest in acoustic ecology. He initiated the “Favourite Sounds Project” to discover what people find positive about their everyday sound environment and ‘Sounds From Dangerous Places’ (described as sonic journalism) that investigates the soundscapes of sites of major environmental damage such as oil fields and the Chernobyl exclusion zone. He produced ‘Vermilion Sounds’ – the environmental sound program – for ResonanceFM Radio, London, lectures on ‘Sound Arts & Design’ at the London College of Communication and was DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin during 2011/12, where he initiated the ‘Berlin Sonic Places’ project that examines relationships between soundscape and urban development.
Since their first project in 2002, their work has consistently attracted considerable press and public attention. As a small team with big ambitions they often work in partnership to enable them to deliver projects to their full potential and incorporate different specialisms and approaches. Through extensive practical experience they have become specialists in the complexities of producing art projects and events in parks & green spaces with the ability to develop strategic solutions as well as support clients in the practicalities of project delivery. Audience engagement is also vital to their work, and they consistently seek to find new ways of reaching the widest possible audience, through high visibility marketing and promotional campaigns, accessible events and related education programmes.
The Secret Garden Project began in 2010 and focuses on London’s lesser known green spaces including hidden gems such as Cremorne Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and Tibby Place in Islington, with new, artist’s commissions and site specific projects of varying scales that respond to the ecological and historical context of the sites and raise awareness of the ecological and social value of green spaces in city life. The Secret Garden Project is curated by Emma Underhill, Founding Director of UP Projects.