Caroline Street: Object research by Neil Armstrong and Dave Edwards
There is a time in life when you expect the world to be always full of new things. And then comes a day when you realise that is not how it will be at all. You see that life will become a thing made of holes. Absences. Losses. Things that were there and are no longer. And you realise, too, that you have to grow around and between the gaps. Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk
In the mid-70s we shared an upstairs Tyneside flat in the Benwell area of Newcastle upon Tyne along with two others. In many ways, as students studying fine art at Newcastle Polytechnic, we parachuted ourselves – from West Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire respectively – into a community we initially had no obvious connection to.
Our proposal is to consider our 70s student home Caroline Street as our shared object – an object which contained many other objects; and that we might jointly and singularly, re-imagine and consider the space as it is now.
Neil and Dave’s conversation continues here.