When you walk around your city and neighbourhood what makes it unique and different?
How is your neighbourhood shaped by its residents – by their differing cultures, politics, income, work and leisure activities?
How is your neighbourhood shaped by local and central government – by the rules and regulations that influence your life?
Live Model an immersive performance in which the participants as actors consider how we experience regulation in the places where we live and work.

What regulation do you come across in your neighbourhood?

You drive on the left and not the right. You put your crisp packet in the bin. You have confidence that you won’t get food poisoning in your local cafe. You know you have access to free healthcare and that your children must attend school.

The Live Model took place in four locations in June and July 2017.

The locations were Stapleton Road, Bristol; Knowle West, Bristol; Butetown, Cardiff; and Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil.

Invited participants (local residents, council workers, community workers, councillors) were taken on an immersive walk/performance guided by The Control Voice and The Reality Guide.

The Live Model Manual guided the participants on their journey. You can download it here (pdf).

They encountered abstract regulation made visible. The encountered The Live Model.


Live Model is a Close and Remote  project.

The Live Model has been commissioned by the University of Bristol as part of the Productive Margins research programme.

University of Bristol and Productive Margins

Live Model has been commissioned by the University of Bristol research project ‘Productive Margins – Regulating for Engagement’ – “in the term ‘productive margins’ we embody an understanding that people and communities excluded from participation in the regulatory regimes that impact upon their daily lives have expertise, experience and creativity that can be politically productive.”

Close and Remote

Close and Remote are artists Sophie Mellor and Simon Poulter. They have been commissioned by Productive Margins to make an artwork looking at regulation. They like to work with the everyday, marginal or peripheral as starting points, making artworks that are formed from observations of public places and events.

Recent projects include ‘Life Chances’ working with low income families in Bristol and Cardiff looking at socio-economic inequalities, producing a co-authored novel and jewellery business; ‘We Are What We Are’ – a road movie tracking 50 years of working lives in Barking and Dagenham; and ‘Zone’ a roving filmset and guided walk reimagining a nature reserve on the Wirral (Liverpool) as a sci-fi movie. www.closeandremote.net