Lost Characters (Close and Remote, 2014/15) is a multi-screen video piece which weaves together archive footage, first-person narrative and re-imagined characters, featuring Sefton residents, council staff and actors with a soundtrack by Matmos.
We were commissioned by Sefton Council to develop an art project finding the Lost Characters in the Council’s historical archives.
Lost Characters took its starting point the work of Frank Hampson, Eagle comic artist and creator of Dan Dare, who also went to Southport College in Sefton. A prolific artist he created a number of characters never realised in print – his lost characters.
We worked with a range of different community groups to both investigate the current archive and to produce new historical material. The groups were Creative Alternatives, Sefton Carers, Southport College, Starbooks, Graphic Novel Reading Group, Age Concern and Positive Futures.
Activities and events with the groups included using iPads as tools to draw and make music; Time Travel Apple Crumble film shoot; following Lost Character Tuppence O’Dare on an adventure around Bootle; walking to Blundellsands with the hermit Jack Johnson and his wife; and discovering personal histories lost in the archive.
There is also series of shorter videos and audio recordings made with the community groups and Sefton Council staff which have been collected together on an interactive ipad kiosk.
More information on the project website – www.closeandremote.net/lost_characters