– Articulated lorry in fast food restaurant crash horror
– Riot police block all major routes to and from city
– Senior Minister appears at emergency press conference
– Fire crews tackle blaze at historic church
– Looting and vandalism rife
The fine city of Sheffield has never witnessed such devastating scenes of destruction and chaos. So it will come as great comfort to citizens to learn that it is on an incredibly small scale—1:87 to be precise—and safely contained within a 40ft shipping container, as part of a surreal model village experience visiting the city.
The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) is a post-riot landscape created in miniature by acclaimed artist Jimmy Cauty — co-creator of chart-topping band The KLF and its subsequent, million pound-burning arts incarnation The K Foundation.
Following the ADP’s critically-acclaimed appearance at Banksy’s Dismaland last summer, the installation has taken to the road, re-housed in a specially converted shipping container, which will open its doors to visitors across the UK, at the sites of historic riots.
The AdpRiotTour hits Catcliffe Recreation Ground from 26th July to 30th July 2016 showcasing a vast diorama detailing the aftermath of a major disturbance – which Sheffield last experienced in Orgreave on June 18th 1984 when the now named ‘Battle of Orgreave’ went down in Britain’s history of industrial struggle as one of the state’s most brutal acts of violence against its own people.
June 18 1984 was a hot summer’s day. The miners were lightly-clad – many in shorts, tee-shirts, plimsolls. The mood was good-natured. There was the usual humorous banter from the pickets. Without warning the police ranks parted, and mounted, armoured, baton- wielding officers charged. At full gallop they hurtled into the ranks of the miners, battering all within reach. The cavalry charge was followed by the infantry – police on foot, again wielding batons. The miners were in disarray, scattering, running for their very lives. As they did so they were attacked from behind by police, battering their backs and heads. Beaten miners, heads pouring blood, were arrested as the assault continued.
The miners fled in the only direction open to them, up a hillside, into woods. They regrouped and returned, and using whatever they could lay their hands on – fence stakes, branches, stones – retaliated.
That evening, film of the events at Orgreave was edited by the BBC to show the miners attacking first, and police responding with a charge – the exact reverse of what had really happened.
Ninety-five miners were arrested and charged with riot – an offence which carries a potential life sentence. In the aftermath, the charges were thrown out by the courts as evidence mounted of police collusion in the preparation of statements.
Far from inciting another riot, the event’s organisers hope the experience will be a peaceful and thought-provoking one, with the only real disturbance being the constant chatter of miniature police radios, dotted all over the exhibit.