This Art in Manufacturing commission responds to the Lancashire Linear Park pilot project, an initiative seeking to regenerate a 23 mile section of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. In residence with Lancashire Saw Company, Donachie has created a work that could be presented in-situ, inviting an audience to experience the canal and rediscover it as a place for cultural activity.
Donachie’s film, IMPERIAL, was inspired by the evocative sounds of the factory machinery – the combination of fast beats, slow canals and the repetition of industry. The original soundtrack makes a connection to the underground dance scene of the late 1980’s that was particularly prevalent and influential in Blackburn and East Lancashire.
This project is part of the Pennine Lancashire Linear Park pilot project delivered by The Super Slow Way. The Pennine Lancashire Linear Park pilot project is funded by the UK Government via the UK Community Renewal Fund.