Half Crowns in their Petticoats, 2013
15 stools, 15 mp3 players with headphones, tracklist, 48m 0s
ELLY CLARKE: HALF CROWNS IN THEIR PETTICOATS, 2013
17 VOICES / 59 TRACKS / 48 MINUTES /
Half Crowns in their Petticoats is a site specific audio work by Elly Clarke that was commissioned especially for a four day long exhibition entitled 'Thrift Radiates Happiness', that took place in Birmingham's Municipal Bank, whose doors had not been open to the public in over 20 years.
It presented a collage of extracts of interviews that took place with former employees of the Birmingham Municipal Bank over a period of three months. Most recordings took place on site in the bank itself, some at the bank’s Retirement Club and a few more in people's homes.
It was about finding a way to enable visitors to better appreciate (and notice) details of the physical fabric of the building, but also to paint a picture of what life was like when it was a fully functioning bank - from the perspective of the people who worked there, many for over 40 years.
The tracks were named after the specific objects that they refer to, as a way of presenting almost a wunderkammer of objects, without them physically needing to be there.
List of tracks A-Z (looped & out of sync but in this order):
10ft Tall _John Ordish _0:28 | Addox Machine _Bob Fernie _0:51 | Aura _Chris Bowcott _0:22 | Banisters _Margaret Stanley _0:46 | Blonde Hair _Rob Wilden _0:55 | Bread & Butter _Margaret Stanley _0:30 | Cash in a Suitcase _Ray Stanley _0:46 | Circular Queue _Jeanette Parkes _0:26 | Clever Blokes _Tom Murphy _0:30 | Column of Figures _John Ordish _1:03 | Continuous Buzz _David Parkes _0:33 | Credit Cards _John Ordish _0:39 | A Couple of Halves _Arthur Radburn _1:39 | Curtains _Chris Bowcott _00:31 | Daphne the Telephonist _Eileen Goode _0:16 | Dead Man _Jeanette Parkes _0:53 | Debts _John Ordish _0:36 | Dirty Money _Eileen Goode, Lynne Wright & Mary Jones _0:48 | Dress Materials _Margaret & Ray Stanley _1:09 | Exams _Gilbert Sherborne _0:45 | One Eye _John Ordish _0:39 | Football _Ray Stanley _0:45 | Free Tickets to Birmingham REP _Mary Jones, Eileen Goode, Lynne Wright _0:39 | Front Door _Jeanette & David Parkes _0:17 | The Frustrated Spinster _Margaret & Ray Stanley _1:06 | Glass Eyes _Gill Price _0:31 | Guns & Hoards of Cash _Lynne Wright _1:00 | Half Crowns in their Petticoats _David Parkes _1:24 | Indian Gold _John Ordish _0:27 | Interest Charts _Eileen Goode _1:01 | Iron Gates _Lynne Wright _0:35 | Long-legged Jenny Gilbert _David Parkes, Gill Price & Jeanette Parkes _0:32 | Machine Room _0:12 | Mahogany Counters _Margaret Stanley _0:25 | The Morgue / Prettiest Girls _David Parkes _1:41 | Nineteen Shillings & Sixpence _Eric Bignell _0:55 | Notes and Coins _Eric Bignell & Chris Bowcott - 0:40 | Police Whistles _David Parkes _0:16 | Polished Oak _Lynne Wright & Eileen Goode _0:42 | Private Car _Arthur Radburn _0:29 | Raised Platform _Lynne Wright _0:17 | Rastafarians & Irish _Ray Stanley _0:58 | Red Biro _Tom Murphy _1:15 | Revolving Doors _David Parkes _0:23 | School Desks _Mary Jones _0:26 | Sherry & Nibbles _Lynne Wright & Mary Jones _0:44 | The Actual Signature _Bob Fernie _1:19 | Soiled Notes _Eileen Goode _0:33 | Sort Codes _David Parkes & Rob Wilden _1:47 | Stray Cat _David Parkes _1:01 | Big Sweater _Margaret Stanley _0:28 | Table Tennis _Graham Capener _0:29 | Treasure Hunts _Tom Murphy _0:29 | TSB Trophy _John Ordish & Graham Capener _0:20 | Two Counters _Lynne Wright & Eileen Goode _0:27 | Vacuum System _David Parkes _0:32 | White Tablecloths _Eileen Goode 0:29 | Wide Counters _David Parkes _0:22 | Wooden Tills _Jeanette Parkes _0:43 |
All tracks can be heard at https://soundcloud.com/ellyclarke/sets/petticoats