Open City Documentary Festival (5-10 September)

As part of this year’s Open City Documentary Festival (5-10 September), we will be presenting a collection of events around artists/filmmakers John Smith and Andrew Kötting.

The programme John Smith: Lost in Leytonstone is characteristic of Smith’s formal ingenuity, anarchic wit and oblique narratives, creating mysterious and sometimes fantastical scenarios from documentary records of everyday life. His work is usually triggered by personal experiences, often occurring in or around his east London domestic environment. The films in this programme all focus on the built environment and were made between 1985 and 1996, while Smith was living in short-life housing in Leytonstone.


The industry event John Smith: Give Chance a Chance invites John Smith to talk about how he first became fascinated by the potential of chance and how he incorporates it as an integral part of his working process.The event will be illustrated by a number of his short films, starting with The Girl Chewing Gum.

Pump follows filmmakers Joseph David and Andrew Kötting on a seven-day voyage across an 11 mile stretch of disused monorail in Northern France. Standing eight meters above the ground this concrete viaduct is a relic of the Aérotrain test track: an ambitious project developed in the late 1960s for a nationwide high-speed hovertrain service, which was eventually abandoned due to lack of funds. They travel in a homemade pump trolley, affectionately nicknamed Albertine, and move at an average speed of 2 mph. Folly or quest? Either way, there is no discernable reason for this undertaking, but the challenge of this Dadaist road movie speaks for itself.

Kötting will also be exploring his filmography as part of our Kötting’s Köllaborators & Könfabulators event at the Bargehouse, our festival hub this year


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With David Aylward, Claudia Barton, Anonymous Bosch, Jem Finer, Andrew Kötting, Eden Kötting, Alan Moore and Iain Sinclair.

21.06.17 HOME Manchester – Andrew Kötting Performance Q&A
23.06.17 ICA London – Andrew Kötting – Iain Sinclair Readings Q&A
25.06.17 East End Film Festival David Aylward – Claudia Barton – Jem Finer – Andrew Kötting – Iain Sinclair – 80 minute Film Performance
23.06.17 Tyneside Newcastle Andrew Kötting Q&A
24.06.17 Curzon Bloomsbury
02.07.17 Curzon Aldgate London Andrew Kötting – Claudia Barton Performance
02.07.17 / 03.07.17 IFI Dublin
03.07.17 / 04.07.17 / 05.07.17 Barbican London
07.07.17 Showroom Sheffield Andrew Kötting Q&A
09.07.17 Watershed Bristol Andrew Kötting Q&A
09.07.17 Broadway Nottingham
11.07.17 Chapter Cardiff
15.07.17 / 16.07.17 Queens Film Theatre Belfast
18.07.17 East Dulwich Picturehouse
19.07.17 Glasgow Film Theatre Glasgow Andrew Kötting Q&A
20.07.17 Filmhouse Edinburgh Andrew Kötting Q&A

Kötting’s project is in large part a lark; and it’s his mixing of fairly serious intellectual conjecture with whimsy, jokes and gossip that gives it its life – SIGHT & SOUND Film Of The Month

The future of humanity will be okay as long as artist, filmmaker and galavanting bohemian, Andrew Kötting, just keeps on keeping on.

He’s Chaucer with an iPhone, capturing the bruised landscapes of Olde Albion and keeping a record of his rambling, shambling pilgrimages, all in memory of fallen eccentrics.



Lost events: EDGELANDS

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Stretched City: Pushing Against the Current in the Last London

21 June 2017 6 – 8 pm
Darwin Lecture Theatre, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1 6XA

Iain Sinclair explores the condition of perceived groundlessness in the stretched city that London has become, by way of memory raids, recovered texts, visionary encounters and the constant pressure to step beyond our knowledge, beyond our restricted permissions. His project: to make London a map of what we need, what we love.

The lecture is the second to be held by Livingmaps in memory of the work of William Bunge, pioneer of expeditionary geography and author of ‘Fitzgerald: diary of a revolution.’ It inaugurates a series exploring what it means to be a Londoner today, as part of an initiative to create a Citizens Atlas of London.