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Sixty Four to the Inch - 2009

Sixty Four to the Inch - A Video Installation for Northampton Museum
Collaborative Project with Jonathan Alibone


Sixty Four to the Inch is a video installation commissioned as one of a series of events, performances and exhibitions that comprise Northampton Borough Councils Shoe Town Festival programme. The title is derived from the expression sixty four stitches to the inch, which originally referred to the superior quality of workmanship typical of footwear manufactured in Northampton.

Within the spirit of the Shoe Town Festival, Sixty Four to the Inch offers both a celebration of Northamptons shoe industry and an expression of its survival, symbolising the continuities between the towns shoemaking past and present. These continuities are made explicit in Sixty Four to the Inch: all footage was filmed in a former shoe factory (built in 1888), and on the premises of Schnieder Boots, also located within the same building.

Sixty Four to the Inch is an evocation of the daily sounds, repetitive routines and rhythms that would have characterised the working lives of a significant proportion of Northamptons population. It represents what were once the soul and the beating heart of Shoe Town.

Sixty Four to the Inch is the latest collaborative production from Northampton based artists Jonathan Alibone and Alexander Small, and forms the second part of their ongoing project Articulating History.

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