Museum of Liverpool Life, Albert Dock
12th February - 14th June 2005
I suppose this shouldn't really be called an 'exhibition', because that
label implies some sort of artistic input. Instead, this is more of an
advert, 'supported' by Liverpool Housing Action Trust, who coincidentally
happen to be the subject of the display. Why not just call it ‘The
High Life’ and be done with it?
Living It Up gives a fairytale makeover to the privatisation of social
housing, without a trace of dissent to be seen. Everyone loves their flat
in this universe, and the rent is really easy to afford, no matter what
your circumstances. We get to see a model of a 'real living room', like
we've never seen one before. Then there's a mock-up housing rep's office,
which seems to be just like any other office, maybe a bit more soulless
and cramped. Finally, there's a timeline of the sell-off and resulting
developments, along with a computer showing innocuous short films by Tenantspin
– the Liverpool high rise internet TV channel.
The prize for most inane comment goes to John Pettitt, who informs us
that the only people who moan about tower blocks are "those who've
never lived in them." So next time you hear a high-rise resident
complaining about their accommodation be sure to head off down to your
(BUPA) psychiatrist, because you must be imagining things!
So if ever you were worried about how those unfortunate poor people manage
in their social housing, go down to the Albert Dock, put your mind at
rest and live happily ever after...