Lost in Navigation
A guest post from film-maker, John McCaughley.
The Disappear Here project has allowed growth and exploration of ideas; through my collaboration with James Grady we have studied the ever-moving renewal of the city. Just like the cityscapes, the people of Coventry are reinvented by the on-going cycle that is the ring road. James created a ballad describing 5:45 on a Wednesday morning; the town centre is a juxtaposition of workers and drunk students sharing the streets surrounded by the Ring Road.
The Ring Road is imposing from this perspective. I aimed to create visuals that focus on the textures and the movement of this hazy morning. The area inside the ring road is made to feel claustrophobic, almost quarantined. Shots whip from one frame to another, blurring between, creating a notion of urgency and disorientation. This movement echoes the pulse of Coventry as the ring road carries life around the city.
James is ‘The Face of Poetry’ that observes these moments; as a filmmaker I observed these moments too. Through James’ words I found sense in the madness that is the ring road. As cars circle around the city centre, footsteps retrace paths from before, the students become the commuters and the commuters become part of the city its self.