The Word on the Streets (Do I know you) by Susan Francis is an art project utilising film, projection and sound which aims to bring the words, the experiences and the unspoken narratives of lives that are otherwise hidden through homelessness and present them back onto the streets from which they have come. Exploring themes of identity, personal narrative and the home, artist and filmmaker Susan Francis has collaborated with composer Howard Moody, engaging people currently experiencing homelessness, to create a series of films and public projections to be shown in Salisbury Cathedral and throughout the city in early 2017.
Susan Francis is a Belfast born visual artist, now living in the South West of England, and her practice moves between object, installation and film. Susan’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally with solo shows in Northern Ireland, England and the USA. She has undertaken residencies with The International Sculpture Centre in Poland, Le Galerie Impact, Albi, France and at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Nebraska USA. Her work is held in public and private collections both here and abroad and is represented in the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Collaborating with Susan Francis, Howard Moody is an accomplished international musician and composer whose work includes composing for the London Symphony Orchestra, The Cultural Olympiad and Brussels Opera. Together, Susan and Howard have worked directly with people on the streets and in rehabilitation, the results of which have been fed into the moving image work. The work has been kindly supported by Arts Council England, Salisbury Cathedral, the Gant trust and Morning Star charity, with the majority of the work taking place through Morning Star, Salisbury and Alabaré's drop in facility.
The project is also been featured as a case study on the new Mooc course in Participatory Arts offered by Sunderland University