CM: When working on the limited edition vinyl with LOT, what would you say is your inheritance track?
BA: There are so many but as I have been doing this project and have been put on the spot I would say it was ‘Birth Control’ by Lloyd Terrell. That version because it was one of the 7” records that my Dad had that my sister and I used to play all the time. It was a fun record but I didn’t realise how cheeky it was! And Dad let us play these records which was really exciting. When I was about 10 I got into the Specials and ‘Too Much Too Young’ became a favourite record. The Specials were a representation of the kind of Britain we imagined where black and white kids made music together. I never realised the connection between the two records until much later.
CM: Do you enjoy working collaboratively with others?
BA: Yes collaboration, participation, dialogue, creating work that offers a different way to engage with the work is interesting to me.
CM: The SLBMA at Peckham Space seems like the ultimate collaborative project and you get the sense that the exhibition will never be complete until you stop collecting for the archive, as people can still donate their thoughts/objects while it continues. When will you stop collecting for the archive? And what will happen to everything afterwards?