Commissioned by Artangel, London, and BBC Radio 4, this project combines an audio walk with a furnished office installation The Loss Adjusters on the island of Portland (Dorset, 2015), an authored publication End Matter (Book Works, London 2015) and a broadcast The Quarryman’s Daughters for Radio 4 (May 2015). Materials include photographs, environmental and archival audio recordings, plus overlaid narrative timelines developed to parallel the geological layers in the stone. The characters are used to embody ideas and inhabit arguments such as The Loss Adjusters who attempt to calculate the monumental scale of loss from the island, while auditing the process as a form of carving that creates an inverted and unstable form, the antithesis of monuments made from Portland stone in many cities. The audience, who visited Portland to listen to the audio aspects of the storytelling, entered The Loss Adjusters’ offices before walking across the intensively quarried landscape.
The Loss Adjusters, 2015