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2 February 2017: In a major new commission for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the London based artist Michael Pinsky this evening reads poetry which is translated to text and relayed on the west tower supporting Hull’s Tidal Surge Barrier.
It is part of The City Speaks, an interactive artwork that contributes to the year-long project, Look Up, challenging and changing the way people see and experience the public spaces of the city.
The City Speaks functions as a 21st century Speakers’ Corner in which open-air public speaking takes on epic proportions as spoken words are translated to text and relayed onto the tidal Surge barrier which is situated where the River Hull meets the Humber Estuary. Foul language is being filtered out.
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A steel lectern located on the quayside of Humber Dock provides a platform for members of the public to broadcast their thoughts and feelings. A microphone captures their words and sends them to a data processing cloud which transcribes these words into a scrolling dot-matrix text ascending the Tidal Barrier. The plinth and the Tidal Barrier perfectly align at each end of Humber Street, allowing the speaker to see their own speech being displayed across Hull, embodied into one of the city’s architectural icons.
The City Speaks has been developed with The Light Lab, realised with the co-operation of the Environment Agency and commissioned by Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Following Blade, it is the second in a series of major art commissions to be installed in public spaces around Hull as part of Look Up, a year-long programme for Hull 2017 that will see different artists creating temporary artworks designed to make people look at and experience the city in new ways.
The City Speaks will continue until 31 December 2017. More major commissions will be unveiled at locations around the city through