TRACES - 'The Marquis of Landsdown'
For four days in August 2012, 'Traces' took over a neglected old Victorian pub and brought it alive again with the smells, tastes, touches and sounds of the 1870s. Painstakingly researched, 'Traces' is a multimedia art and design showcase that maps and elaborates on the stories of the actual inhabitants of 32 Cremer Street; the old 'Marquis of Lansdowne'. Who is the 'unfortunate' that the landlord John Bonny has rented the upstairs room out to? And what is it he keeps behind the bar? We worked with over 60 different artists and designers from all different disciplines to help tell the story. The public were invited to discover these histories for themselves; wandering through the rooms left as if only a moment before, and unpicking their secrets. Comparing notes about what's going on over drinks. Interacting with the specially commissioned 'Contemporary Victorian' pieces to unravel clues, and quite quickly realising that nothing you see here is quite what it seems.