Pockets of [Luton] uses a framed object assemblage to explore Luton and connect between people and places there.
Participants give away to the project’s collection an object possession and then write on a picture frame, directions for the next location and person, or ‘pocket’ to be visited in Luton. The trail of referrals from person to person continues until at least 25 objects from 25 referrals are received. The collected objects are later incorporated into a final, framed montage.
I picked the project’s picture frames from a framers in Dunstable. Travelling to Dunstable involved my first ever journey on a guided busway, a sort of trainline but for buses, as seen in the YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYHQ394u5tA&t=35s .
I began my journey around Luton by standing at George Street, the city centre’s main walking street. It was raining so I stood under the cement canopy of a building. Its signage showed Brighthouse was its last occupant. The boarded up store front is now covered in a cartoon pandemic instruction mural, reminding Lutonians to remain two meters apart.
I held up my sign: “Name a person in a place in Luton for me to visit“
Laurence and Chloe were the first people to ask me about what I was doing. They were dressed sharply and weren’t afraid of a bit of wind and rain. After I explained to them about 25 Pockets of Luton they told me to drop by at Connells on a Monday to see their friend and work colleague Mica.