Michael Bracewell and Linder
I Know Where I’m Going: A Guide to Morecambe & Heysham
112 pages | Full colour | 210 x 120 mm, Soft cover | 2003 | Edition of 1,500 copies
I Know Where I’m Going is a collaborative book by writer Michael Bracewell and artist Linder. It functions as a gazetteer for the Heysham and Morecambe coast, once described on a Victorian postcard as ‘The Naples of the North’. Whilst investigating and illustrating how a landscape can recollect its own past with a particular regional intensity, this book is also concerned with how our experience of the future can be discovered through history.
A key section in the book looks at the then semi-derelict Midland Hotel, built overlooking Morecambe Bay and considered to be one of the most important Art Deco buildings in Britain. Constructed in 1933, the ocean-liner shape of Oliver Hill’s breathtaking designs still retain their sense of sleek modernity − its exterior walls were treated with a mixture of carborundum powder and crushed blue glass which was electrically polished so the whiteness of the building literally glittered in the sun. Then there were the guests: Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, the Earl of Derby and Coco Chanel who, as legend has it, flew up from Cap d’Antibes landing her flying boat on Morecambe Bay. I Know Where I’m Going delivers an invaluable and visually demanding insight into the nature of regional studies from two celebrated creative practitioners.
本書は、作家であるMichael BracewellとアーティストのLinderによるコラボレーション。ビクトリア時代のポストカードに[The Naples of the North]と記述された途端、その写真はイギリスのHeyshamとMorecambe海岸の地名索引として機能する。HeyshamとMorecambe海岸のある場所を写した写真を通して、ある風景がどういう風に描かれていたかを回想するとともに、自分たちの経験が歴史を通じてどのように発見されるのかを経験することができる。