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Interruptions

Harris Museum and Art Gallery, St Peters Church 

Preston 

2000 

Quotes from the public

'I live opposite in the flats in Avenham and I can see the lights flashing in the top of the building and they have been flashing for a long time and I am really worried about it causing a fire or exploding' Telephone call to the Harris Library

'I looked out of the window and everywhere was in darkness and the only light I saw was a light going on and off in the church tower which the power cut must have caused' Resident of Plungington
'there's something wrong with the lights in the Harris they keep going on and off' Telephone call to the Police from a member of the public

Warning Interruptions to Buildings in Preston. Interruptions to the following named buildings will occur between the hours of, read the beginning of a large advertisement in the Citizen a local free newspaper for Preston. This was one device that Charles Quick used to create an audience for this new work Interruptions which ran from the 8th until 22 February every night between 5pm - 1am.

Interruptions, was a large-scale temporary new media installation, which used two well known public buildings situated in the centre of Preston. The interior spaces of the architectural lantern of the Harris Museum and Art Gallery, and the spire of the former church of St Peters, now the Arts Centre of the University of Central Lancashire.

8000 watts of white tungsten halogen lamps were installed inside each architectural feature. The light could be seen through the windows of the Victorian public buildings making them highly visible from many vantage points in Preston. These light sources controlled by a micro processer were periodically interrupted producing flicking, flashing and failure of the lights, suggesting the break down of electrical supply to both buildings. The result was two large dysfunctional electrical objects, making random connections across the urban landscape at night.

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