By The Way was commissioned by artranspennine98, an international exhibition of contemporary art, to ‘reveal the region’. The most usual form of travel is by car and travelers stay in hotels. These factors provided the structure of the work.
By The Way documents a car journey made by Tea between the hotels where the video was to be shown. Their location determined the route taken. No attempt made to identify famous landmarks, typical local features or representative personalities. The momentum of the car determined what was recorded. The journey was shot on video in real time from a fixed viewpoint out of the side window of the car. Each time road conditions brought the car to a halt the passing textures and patterns came into focus briefly revealing a particular location, which became ‘the landmarks’ and were photographed.
The route was retraced in order to invite people who live or work at these locations to record personal commentaries. These 76 interviews form the sound track of the video, the voices being cued in when the locations appear on screen.