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GO! ART: A trip down the Trackies.

Byline: Lucy Bell

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY media arts course leader Darryl Georgiou has gone back to his childhood to take part in an unusual project to celebrate the regeneration of an area of Sandwell.

The major public art project called Platforms 1 invited artists to consider the people who live, work and travel along the Metro route between Birmingham and West Bromwich.

This area is within the Borough of Sandwell and a number of new site- specific art works were created to engage these people.

Darryl Georgiou grew up in Handsworth, Birmingham and felt suitably qualified to take part in the project. His work was situated at the Handsworth Booth Street Station in and around an area which surrounds the Metro line.

Darryl Georgiou's work is called Trackie 123, the name of a childhood game - a variation of hide and seek.

He said: "The work is for people who travel ... but never 'see'. My interest in the old railway line (now the Metro) is very personal. I have an affinity to the railway, as the site holds particular memories. I can still see the Booth Street station from my childhood bedroom window. But it's other people's indifference - to the space - that interests me."

Trackie 123 incorporates new technology and more traditional art forms. A sculpture which represents Mr Williams' chair - a site of some importance and originally the post where Darryl Georgiou and friends played Trackie in the 1970s.

The chair is a permanent feature - so look out for it when you travel. The project has many layers - a sound piece, CD sampling sounds from the railway and field space, digital screens, surveillance cameras, illustrations, input from local residents and commemorative miniatures.

The sound work includes a ghost train that pulls in and out of the station, fooling many into thinking a train is in the station when it's not.

The exhibition will be published as a book in March 2003.

Darryl Georgiou is Course Leader for the MA programmes in design media arts and digital media and at Coventry University. He has exhibited his works nationally and internationally. The Platforms project is the first time he has been commissioned to make an artwork in his hometown.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 21, 2003
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