The Story Museum, Pembroke Street, Oxford, 2011-12.

OB1 LIVE designed Story Telling Towers in response to The Story Museum’s hope that one day they will be able to add a tower of their own to Oxford’s dreaming spires. Following the success of that project, OB1 LIVE were invited by writers’ group Dark Angels and The Story Museum to contribute to the Other Worlds Exhibition.

Working in collaboration with writer / architect Mike Halliwell, OB1 LIVE designed and built an installation in the form of a vista of towers, shadows and projections in The Story Museum’s derelict and abandoned Post Office canteen kitchen. The towers spoke of possible and ever shifting futures representing the imaginative possibilities of new towers emerging from the empty building and forming a series alternative skyline silhouettes. Portions of Mike Halliwell’s short story, May Day were applied to the dusty kitchen surfaces and described “an archive of memories stored in endless four-dimensional blocks”.

Visitors’ Comments:

“I love how the abandoned space has been loved and made ‘different’ by the work. Really fantastic. We love it! Thank you. Stimulating, funny, intriguing. Very lucky to have strayed into your world”

“Students’ work shows real interest in breaking down stories and reworking them.”

“The beginnings of a magical place … This experience is a dream of what could be, of endless possibilities and imagination. Good luck!”

Press: Exhibition Review: Other Worlds at The Story Museum. Oxford City Guide, Friday, 11 May 2012
‘Other Worlds’ at The Story Museum in central Oxford. Guide 2 Oxford, 3 May 2012

Collaborator: Mike Halliwell, Writer / Architect

Tutors: Jane Anderson, Colin Priest

Commissioned by: Dark Angels / The Story Museum


The Story Museum

Dark Angels

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