The Walkie-Talkies

brightly coloured digitised image of a Routemaster bus

The Walkie Talkies

The Walkie-Talkies is a multimedia artwork by socially engaged artist Michelle Baharier, based on a poem by David Morris called the Routemaster race. David was a disability advisor to the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone (and Boris Johnson) and a life-time campaigner for disabled peoples’ civil-rights. His poem encapsulates the exclusion experienced by disabled people before the buses were made accessible and the excitement of inclusion.

Ten digital collages track the absurd, the unfortunate and the ordinariness of our bus journeys through the perspective of those who have used and worked on the London buses.

The collages convey a range of experience, including the experience of differently-abled people’s ability to use public transport, in particular pensioners, many of whom will now have acquired impairments.

The full collection (released in instalments from 8th June) are designed to be experienced both on your travels using London transport via your device, or at home.

In part two of Walkie Talkies, Michelle shares a collection of poetry by Highgate poets in response to their Routemaster and other bus journeys.

Michelle has made these art works with members of: Golden Oldies, Southwark Irish Pensioners Project, and The Highgate Poetry Society This project was made possible by Arts Council England National Lottery funding and supported by Disability Arts Online and Transport for All.

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