Fintan Dawson - Brass suite (2013)
The ever progressing and developing British society has reassigned, redeveloped and reused the landscapes in which the pits used to dominate, to match the ever changing economic agenda of the nation. The brass colliery band movement was born from and has now outlived the industry from whence it came, however the bands today maintain and keep alive the communal, politically willed ideals and traditions of the generations of miners who worked the earth underneath their band rooms. New retail parks and countryside walks have emerged, while other sites remain derelict, raising questions regarding what policy there is for how land is reused, and what needs to be set aside in terms of the preservation of the past's legacy.
The soundtrack of Brass Suite has been chosen by each of the brass bands with whom the artist has collaborated, with recordings made in their band rehearsal rooms.
Directed, produced and filmed by Fintan Dawson
12 July 2013
Durham DLI Museum and Art Gallery July-Oct 2013