Proving to be one of the most thought-provoking shows we have had at Oxheys to date, Susan Walsh’s Satellite Navigation exhibition continues to draw in visitors who are keen to add their own lists to those already on display, on three walls around the project space. The lists make fascinating reading. Many people have offered alternative lists according to whether they were leaving in a hurry or had a little more time to prepare but that is kind of the point and the more you think about it it, the more possibilities unravel.
If you have the time to plan in advance then of course, there is more time to prepare and arrange transportation so the amount you could take with you will increase. But what about if there was a 4-minute warning, or a massive explosion – you would literally have no time to think, just get out and go. Or perhaps you have been evicted, have somebody after you or just need to leave in hurry for some reason – what would you take then?
And what about people for whom life in transit is just the way it is? Susan’s questions become even more relevant when thought of in this light as in many cases the people in question may live a life of poverty and so have no real possessions – for them, the only things they can take are the bare necessities of life such as whatever food or clothing they can ay their hands on. Mobile phones, cameras and chargers are simply not relevant in this very real situation.
If you haven’t yet added your list to this exhibition, please do so. Either complete a list during a visit whilst the show is still or visit Susan’s website and submit online.
The exhibition closes 17 June open Fridays and Saturdays 11-4. Other times by appointment.