Cityread london 2016

Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Rd, London until 8th May

We were commissioned by Cityread London to create Stories From The Streets, an interactive exhibition within Foyles bookshop's central London Gallery space, which celebrates the launch of Gillian Slovo's new book Ten Days. We also created three roving Evidence Booths that are touring around London's libraries.

Stories From The Streets
This unique installation sees the creation of a ‘police control centre’ within Foyles bookshop’s central London gallery space, where visitors can interact with extracts taken from the first 72 hours of the Ten Days audiobook. Content is ‘triggered’ by placing evidence relating to each scene onto a control desk panel, promoting audio and visual cues. A second area of the installation, modelled in part on the wooden hoardings that covered up broken shop windows in the 2011 London riots, encourages messages from visitors to the gallery to contribute their own responses to the book and its themes.

Evidence Booths
Portable versions of the installation dubbed ‘evidence booths’ – complete with audio content triggered by ‘evidence’ from the book – are touring around London libraries throughout the duration of the campaign, with week-long residencies in twelve locations.

Cityread London
An annual celebration of literature that aims to bring reading to life for the whole capital. Each April, Cityread asks London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together. Taking the chosen novel as a starting point, a month-long programme of book groups, film screenings and other events takes place across all 33 London boroughs in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues.

Our Team

- Exhibition furniture and Evidence Booth fabrication, Aron Duckworth and Tom Dawson
- Creative Tech, Buckley Williams Ltd.
- Intern, Alison Cowling
- Research Assistant, Karen Dickinson
- Production Assistant, Ali Heywood

Filmed by Sophie Williams

Photos by Cathy Myers, Joseph and Barney Heywood.