Rush Hour

2011Posted by Paul


Created in collaboration with the writer, David Matthews, in 2006 and 2007 to coincide with the 200 year anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Act.

Shot as a single-take in Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown and recorded at the Sierra Leone State Television Studios with the street theatre group, The Freetong Players.

Still from Rush Hour, Copyright Paul HowardStill from Rush Hour, Copyright Paul Howard

Exhibited throughout 2007 as an immersive three-channel projection with surround sound
at specific locations in the UK with direct links to the slave trade.
Harewood House Gallery near Leeds and Harrogate, built and owned by the Lascelles family dynasty.
Museum of London in Docklands, No 1 Warehouse, London Docklands, the last remaining building in London directly related to the transatlantic slave trade. Slaving ships left the steps outside No 1 Warehouse for west Africa and returned with produce from the Caribbean.
Plymouth Arts Centre part of the historic docks.

Rush Hour Installation Museum of London in Docklands Rush Hour installation, Plymouth Arts Centre 2007

Exhibited in 2010 as a three-channel LED-screen installation with surround sound in the inaugral exhibition, 'Plug In' at MAC (Midlands Arts Centre) in Birmingham. "Rush Hour gives the exhibition a true sense of globalisation at work. A single tracking shot courses through a static crowd in Free Town, Sierra Leone. The film beautifully encapsulates Marshall McLuhan's idea of the global village, where we see western influences alongside truly local culture." Simon Poulter, Curator

Rush Hour installation, Harewood House Gallery 2007