The World in Vertigo
Brunel Museum 2019
On 12 January 1828 the Thames Tunnel suddenly burst and flooded and six men drowned. Created from archive material such as diary entries and newspaper reports, the correlating audio explores the event by combining 3 first hand accounts from men who survived; Isambard Kingdom Brunel (the son of Marc Brunel), and assistant engineers Richard Beamish and Fitzgerald. The recollections are given from 3 different physical positions. Brunel Jr was inside the frames working the ground at the time of the incident; Fitzgerald in the centring; and Beamish up top in the office. The audio aims to capture the event from multiple perspectives in the space while also employing an anti-chronological structure. This work is dedicated to the miners that died that day, and their names can now be read on a brass plaque situated on the outside of the building.
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