This time 30 Bird presented a new version of Chodzenie-Siberia, My Club and Live Football: Poland Vs Iran in collaboration with 'Public Works'.
We would like to thank, Hungry Arts, METAL, TAP and all at Southend who helped make this possible.
This was Chodzenie-Siberia's second outing, this time bringing together the military truck, the work of Chris Dobrowolski and the mobile architecture of public works. In response to the previous year's version, it was thought that although visually the site specific piece was very effective, in terms of participation it failed to engage the audience enough.
Audience members tended to stand back and lean against the walls after an initial inspection of various elements in the space, resuming their role as passive spectators. In this version, the truck itself became a magnet to the public outside, on the high street.
The project became an outdoor one and it offered three participatory experiences, where the audience had to climb up the truck to explore and see. Although this was an early prototype of the 2011 version at the Imagine-Watford Festival, it was very successful in providing a structure facilitating the participation of the public.
Artistic Director: Mehrdad Seyf
Visual artist: Chris Dobrowolski
Architects: public works
Production manager: Rachael Clarke
Following the 7-0 victory of the Iran team in 2009, this time history did repeat itself as the new Polish team managed to repeat the 1976 score by winning 3-2. The two teams entered the pitch to the the popular tune of Match of the Day. Once again the match raised many eye brows in Southend, with conversations taking place during the match about the situation in Iran. One man wondered whether Southend should allow an Iran team to play here, voicing his support for a sporting boycott of Iranians. The tow teams were strongly supported by both their supporters amidst the political banter.