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Iain at the Folkestone Triennial Conference

Iain will be a guest of a panel discussion part of the The Sculpture Question, Part 3: Encounters on Sunday 2nd of November 2014 at 16.00.

Checkout the website of the Triennial Conference

Link to a PDF with a detailed schedule for the 2 day event including Iain’s panel


Folkestone Quarterhouse
Mill Bay, Folkestone
Kent, CT20 1BN

ABANDONED GOODS – narrated by Iain Sinclair


Abandoned Goods is a short essay film about the extraordinary collection of artworks created by patients detained in Netherne psychiatric hospital between 1946 and 1981. The artworks were created in a pioneering art studio in the hospital run by the artist Edward Adamson. Today around 5,500 pieces survive, assembled together as the Adamson Collection, one of the major bodies of British ‘asylum art’. The film is narrated by an unseen cataloguer, voiced by Iain Sinclair, who comments on key works in the Collection and provides glimpses into the lives of their creators. Blending archive, reconstruction, 35mm rostrum photography, interviews and observational footage, the film explores the transformation of the objects in the Adamson Collection, from clinical material to revered art objects, examining the lives of the creators and the changing contexts in which the objects were produced and displayed, to provide a moving impression of the unseen history of postwar asylum life in the UK.

Abandoned Goods was made with the help of Dr David O’Flynn and the Adamson Collection Trust and the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Maudsley Charity.

Abandoned Goods has been selected for the Pardi di domani competition at Locarno Film Festival 6th-16th August 2014!



A poem dedicated to Iain

HARK new issue contains James Bruce May’s poem dedicated to Iain: “Oh Herons’ Wings”.




Iain on This is Hell! – May 2014

Here is the long interview to Iain Sinclair by Chuck Mertz on This is Hell! Radio from May 2014.

Now edited and partially transcribed by Ed Sutton on Antidote, this is the full version.

From This is Hell! website:

Jack Kerouac might have laid down the road, but the path America’s original freaks took – inward and Westward – survives today, in glimmers and traces. Iain Sinclair traveled to America to walk in the footsteps of the Beat generation, and he shares stories of his trip through memory and imagination, from the cultural ruins of Olympic London, through Albert Speer’s phantom tracks, to end up watching Wayne Rooney on television somewhere in Oregon.

Iain’s book American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light is out now from Faber & Faber.

Writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair is a self-described “British writer, documentarist, film maker, poet, flaneur, metropolitan prophet and urban shaman, keeper of lost cultures and futurologist.” He is also the editor of London: City of Disappearances.


On the Road in Late Capitalism: Places, Journeys, and the Beats’ Legacy

Ed Sutton on the Antidote blog has published a partial transcription  of the Chuck Mertz interview on This is Hell!


Our ‘edition’ narrows the scope of the discussion, which centered on a latter-day exploration of the Beat Generation and their haunts, to just haunts. That is, we found the portions of Chuck and Iain’s conversation that centered on place, cities, and our place in cities to be most complementary to topics we cover on Antidote. Further, much of the discourse about the gentrification and commercialization of—and our alienation and expulsion from—urban landscapes lacks the poetic and emotional sensitivity that this conversation contains. We find this fresh, humane approach both affecting and appropriate to the real pain that underlies our objections to the neoliberal ‘development’ of cities we call home—a pain that can be expressed in the question, “Why doesn’t the city I love, love me?”



 Read the transcription on Antidote

thank you from the web people

We (the website and facebook and twitter duo) are not directly involved with By Our Selves. Nonetheless we’d like to thank all those that have pledged for Iain and Andrew’s project.