Ian Whalley
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Number 54

A book of overheard conversations from a 'greasy spoon' café, in Bedminster, Bristol by Ian Whalley

 

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A book of overheard conversations from a 'greasy spoon' café, in Bedminster, Bristol. A personal project investigating the role of the designer as reporter – exploring the use of the book as a sound-stage.

 
 
The conversations where recorded at Georges 'greasy spoon' cafe. 
 

The book was bound using the same melamine as that of the café's table tops.

 
The book was bound using the same melamine as that of the cafe's table tops.  
 

And packaged in a recycled take-away bag – with authentic HP sauce stains.

 
And packaged in a recycled grease proof bag - with authentic HP sauce stains.
 
 

The french-folded, screen printed, limited-edition book sold out in the first 2 weeks. And was added to the permanent collection of artist books at Tate Britain.

 
 
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The format of the book acts as a sound stage, with 15 seconds of dialogue being recorded on each page. Conversations with me are recorded horizontally. Overheard conversations are recorded vertically; people talking to my left are recorded on the left side of the page, conversations to my right are recorded on the right side of the page.

The louder people talk the larger the type. Half heard, distant dialogue is broken up and distorted. The personalities of the cafe-goers are reflected in the choice of typeface used.

 
 
Lovely conversation about the men of the royal family – one of my favourite snippets

Lovely conversation about the men of the royal family – one of my favourite snippets

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