Chained Reactions

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Created by artist group the Believe Collective this interactive digital artwork links visitor responses and thoughts about our collection of objects connected with the transatlantic slave trade.

Chained Reactions takes you on audio-visual journeys exploring the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade and the impact on our society today. The interactive links together audio, visual and text responses made by gallery visitors to the six objects that make up Manchester Art Gallery's Revealing Histories: Remembering Slavery Gallery Trail on display from March 07 to June 08. It also draws in photos from members of the public and a wide range of related images submitted via Flickr™ (flickr.com). Chained Reactions will evolve as people continue to add their own images, photographs and thoughts to the artwork, creating a new journey each time you visit.

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A new digital artwork commission for Manchester City Galleries

Manchester City Galleries commissioned digital artist group the Believe Collective to create an interactive digital artwork based on new interpretations created by visitors taking part in our Revealing Histories: Remembering Slavery programme. The visitor responses include written and drawn labels, audio and video recordings, poetry, graphic design, textile artworks and visitors' suggestions for how to commemorate Manchester's role in the transatlantic slave trade.

This is the first time that Manchester City Galleries have commissioned a digital artwork for display on our website.

The Believe Collective

The digital artist team are made up of Ro Rai (Director and Creative Producer) , Dan Mackie (Technical Creative), Derek Richards (Musician and Multimedia Producer).

Chained Reactions Credits

Developed & produced by the Believe Collective
Commissioned by Manchester City Galleries
Built with Adobe® Flash® 9.0
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Narrative Credits

A Taste of Honey

Film still: © 1961 Woodfall Films Ltd, Courtesy of MGM CLIP+STILL
Poem: extract from African Renaissance © Tina Tamsho-Thomas
Interviewee: Jan Blake
Music: Honey B © Derek Richards
All other images: copyright as per image information

Bonbonniere

Bonbonniere image: © Manchester City Galleries
Poem: extract from Maafa ©Tina Tamsho-Thomas
Interviewee: Mike Leng
Music: Songs of the Eternal © Tunde Jegede and Folk2 © Richard Bell
Mixed by: Derek Richards
All other images: copyright as per image information

Humanity plaque - tobacco box lid

'Humanity Plaque' - tobacco box lid image: © Manchester City Galleries
Interviewee: Jan Blake
Poem: extract from Steal Away © Tina Tamsho-Thomas
Music: Freedom Flight © Derek Richards
All other images: copyright as per image information

Ship canal cruet set

Ship canal cruet set image: © Manchester City Galleries
Poem: extract from Sugar Bitter Sugar Sweet © Tina Tamsho-Thomas
Interviewee: Ted Knight
Music: Untitled: library composition
All other images: copyright as per image information

Sugar nippers

Sugar nippers image: ©Manchester City Galleries
Interviewee: Jan Blake
Poem: extract from History in the Making © Tina Tamsho-Thomas
Music: Departure © Tunde Jegede
All other images: copyright as per image information

The Desert

The Desert by Sir Edwin Landseer, image: © Manchester City Galleries
Interviewee: Lemn Sissay
Poem: extract from Molasses and Long Shadows © Lemn Sissay
Music: Fountain Of A People's Hope © Tunde Jegede
All other images: copyright as per image information

Believe Collective logoRevealing Histories: Remembering Slavery logo

Manchester City CouncilDesignation Challenge Fund logoHeritage Lottery Fund logoRenaissance North West

Remembering Slavery community programmes

Visitor in the Gallery of Craft and Design
Local community groups creatively explored our collections to uncover Manchester's links to the transatlantic slave trade.