Bring the Happy: Tracing Happiness, Mapping Memory by Invisible Flock
The Light & Kirkgate Market, Leeds. 8th Oct – 19th Nov 2010.

Invisible Flock, having recently shown work a the ICA, The National Theatre and Latitude music Festival launch their latest and most ambitious project yet in their home city of Leeds. Transforming a empty shop unit in Leeds city centre, Bring the Happy over the course of two months will attempt to collect, investigate and map the happiness of the city onto a giant 3D map. The shop will be open during normal trading hours and hopes to be the perfect antidote to the recession, the concept of a broken Britain and the idea that everything is closing down, including ourselves. Over 2 months Invisible Flock will collect as many stories as possible from across the community of Leeds; in the shop, in local schools, online and around the streets.

Participants will be invited to leave their happy memory of Leeds, where it happened and how happy it made them on a scale of 1 to 10. Each individual memory will be given a corresponding marker which will then be placed onto the map. The giant acrylic map, which occupies the entire shop floor, will gradually transform into an undulating three dimensional graph of the city’s happiness. Bring the Happy is a wholly participatory project and invites people to share their memories routed in the community. The project has a key online element, as each of the submitted memories will also hosted with their own marker onto a custom made Google map, available for browsing on the internet as well as in the shop.

Invisible Flock are an interactive trio of Leeds based artists making work both nationally and in the region. They have previously shown their work at the National and the ICA in London, Bristol Old Vic, and Latitude Festival, this is their first large scale event in their home town of Leeds.
Invisible Flock are Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton.


Bring the Happy is made by Invisible Flock with current support from Arts Council England, Artforms, Leeds City Council, Art in Unusual Spaces, The Light, The image group and Vitae Selection.

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