Second Sight was the Blackie's Summer Theatre in 1977. It was inspired by 1971's Summer theatre Gifts To A City but focused on photography.
As in previous years the people who ran Second Sight also worked on playschemes around the City. In this instance they worked on 4 playschemes playing photographic games based on Silhouettes.
Second Sight was about using photography to get people to look again. This ranged from highlighting specific parts of the City environment to using photography to comment on the objects and people
How it worked
It came in two parts - part 1 consisted of events which took place around the City; part 2 of photographic games played with young people at 4 different playschemes.
In terms of the city events we have photographs of some of the them and descriptions of some of the games but at this time we do not know exactly how many of the ideas actually took place (the original intention was to do 8/9 events; in what order they too place; or a complete list of the people who created them.
For the games played with young people we have no photographs but do have detailed descriptions of the games and how they worked and details of where and when they took place.
Postcards of Casey Street
Photographs were taken of buildings in Casey Street and printed as postcards. These were then attached either to the building photographed or to somewhere in Casey street where there was a good view of the building photographed.
Above 'Postcards' on buildings in Casey Street - these are only really visible in the large version of the photo
The Contents Become The Outside.
These photographs were then blown up and fixed to the outside of the street furniture of which they were the inside.
Above photos of the contents and below the containers covered with photos of the contents - sadly we do not have one of the phone box.
Whilst there is a clear idea of how this was supposed to work no-one appears to know if it actually happened and there are certainly no photos to illustrate it.
Take photos of singular items - print them the same size as the original and then place the photo next to the original objet to create twins.
Below are some of the photos of objects that were taken to be used for this event.
Close-up of surface textures which are then blown up, pasted on card and positioned in front of or next to the actual textured surfaces.
Above photos of textured surfaces. Below photos of the Texture works being put into position and in situ
The team took a lot of photos of chimneys in all their diversity.
Below some of the photos of chimneys
These were then printed and mounted on board and displayed on easels which were then exhibited in Williamson Square.
This consisted of people making quick sketches of street scenes which were then exhibited. What they sketched and where they exhibited are at this time unknown.
Below members of the team making Lightning Sketches
The paper work does not have a complete list of the team which created Second Sight or indeed of the companies and people who helped with gifts and donations - so the following is what we know at this time - anyone with any information please contact us.
Second Sight was lead by Judy Bates (now Gough) with assistance from Duncan Curtis, Tessa Chisholm, Martyn Kember-Smith; Stephen Knox; Howard Steel Rie Toft Hansen plus Alison and Vicki,
Owen Owens for the loan of display boards. And to those whose names we do not at this time have.