Armada was a single day interventionist, participatory event that commented upon Liverpool’s historical legacy as a port city in collaboration with artist, Elena Cassidy-Smith. The event took place outside the Maritime Museum, Albert Docks for the Liverpool Independents Biennial 2008. We invited passers by to make folded paper ships from pages of the financial times, that collectively formed a mini armarda on the keyside. The use of paper, a fragile,transient material reflected the sustainability of UKs port industries, such as ship building and the shift in port city revenues from tourism and private investment. We recorded conversations with the public about how they perceived the changes taking place as well as issues around the stock market crash of 2008 and how they viewed money now.


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