Wrapping the past in broken glass.

«A stitch in time»

Those men are at it again. They cannot let it be. Like a loose thread that they have to tease and pull until slowly the whole story comes apart.

Strange times to be a stranger in. The old conflicts suddenly resurfacing and show that old tensions are still there, as much as ever.

Northern Ireland is full of paradoxes like this, hardened in conflict but grabbing at a peaceful way of life with both hands. On the other hand, the old troubles are only a thought away. And traveling here in these post-Brexit, pre-exit days we see the a new suit for the old troubles.

The project is named both for the proverb (“a stitch in time saves nine”) that speaks for care, repair and avoiding disaster. It also speaks to the amazing artwork of Tim Etchells dominating the skyline on top of the old Rosemount factory. And finally it speaks to our “time and time again” ideas of past and present, and traveling through loose stitches in the fabric of time. 

 The whole system was built on trust. It had worked so well for decades, it was a shock when it broke down.

The whole system was built on trust. It had worked so well for decades, it was a shock when it broke down.

 One last game of chivalry

One last game of chivalry

 Those bleeding wounds, still open

Those bleeding wounds, still open

 Monsters of forgotten dreams coming back to haunt us

Monsters of forgotten dreams coming back to haunt us

 That lonely sound of a Sunday sidewalk

That lonely sound of a Sunday sidewalk

 All that shit that they are always touting about revenge? All true

All that shit that they are always touting about revenge? All true

 For ever and ever. There is no other way

For ever and ever. There is no other way

 I never really had the puzzle figured out, keep turning in circles trying to find a direction. Is it all just an illusion?

I never really had the puzzle figured out, keep turning in circles trying to find a direction. Is it all just an illusion?

 We know where you have been. We know what you have done.

We know where you have been. We know what you have done.

 Then is still now

Then is still now

 A silence that screams

A silence that screams

 In this game there are only loosers

In this game there are only loosers

 The pattern had to be broken and remade. The breaking part was easy

The pattern had to be broken and remade. The breaking part was easy

 When there is no more language

When there is no more language

 They kept talking about those peace lines

They kept talking about those peace lines

 Slow fade to white. No games left to play any more

Slow fade to white. No games left to play any more

 He leads a harsh life. If you try to follow him you will get hurt

He leads a harsh life. If you try to follow him you will get hurt

 Who are we to refuse the falling rain

Who are we to refuse the falling rain

 There are no easy ways to explain bloody knuckles

There are no easy ways to explain bloody knuckles

 At times the past and the present is almost touching

At times the past and the present is almost touching

Eirik V Johnsen & Kristian Pohl went to Londonderry in November 2018.