LSFF: Andrew Kötting + Iain Sinclair: By Our Selves: A Work in Progress + in conversation

Part of the London Short Film Festival at the ICA

16 Jan 20156:30 pm | Cinema 1 | £7.00 to £11.00

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Following a successful collaboration between filmmaker Andrew Kötting and writer and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair in 2011 with Swandown, the duo return with By Our Selves.

By Our Selves retraces 19th century poet John Clare’s journey on foot from Epping Forest up into Northamptonshire. The film will feature Iain Sinclair, magus Alan Moore, Toby Jones (as Clare) and a Straw Bear (as played by Kötting).

As a great English pilgrimage and a self-enacted novel in the tradition of Pilgrim’s Progress, the walk was documented using pinhole photography and video and also exists as a gallery installation which includes work by Nick Gordon Smith, Anonymous Bosch, Jem Finer and Eden Kötting.

Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair will join us in conversation to discuss this on-going project and screening clips.

By Our Selves, dir. Andrew Kötting, 2014

BY OUR SELVES at the Battersea Arts Centre

BY OUR SELVES
Andrew Kotting and Iain Sinclair

Battersea Arts Centre
8 Dec | 7:30pm

Toby Jones, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Kotting (dressed as a Straw Bear), made a five-day walk from Epping Forest to Helpston in Northamptonshire, following in the footsteps of the poet John Clare.

Clare’s self-imposed march is the spine of the project. A great English pilgrimage, a self-enacted novel in the tradition of Pilgrim’s Progress.

The walk was documented using pin-hole photography and video and has now been edited to form the backdrop for a series of live art performances.

The artist Jem Finer, the singer Macgillivray and the musician David Aylward will support the multi-media performances of spoken word and hypnotic soundscapes. 

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BY OUR SELVES (The Installation)

BY OUR SELVES (The Installation)

Andrew Kötting & Iain Sinclair
14 November – 14 December, Friday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm.

Preview: Sunday, 9 November from 2:30 – 4:30pm with a live performance starting promptly at 3pm.

Toby Jones, Iain Sinclair and Andrew Kötting (dressed as a Straw Bear), made an eighty mile walk from Epping Forest to Helpston in Northamptonshire, following in the footsteps of the poet John Clare. Clare’s delirious march is the catalyst for the project. A great English pilgrimage and a self-enacted novel in the tradition of Pilgrim’s Progress.

The walk was documented using pinhole photography and video and has now been edited to form the backdrop of the installation. The artists Nick Gordon Smith, Anonymous Bosch, Philippe Ciompi and Jem Finer as well as the singer Macgillivray and the musician David Aylward have all collaborated in support of the exhibition as well as Alan Moore and Kötting’s daughter Eden who has contributed paintings and text in the guise of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Dilston Grove, Southwark Park, London SE16 2DD admin@cgplondon.org +44 (0)20 7237 1230 CGP????London – Cafe Gallery and Dilston Grove – is managed by the Bermondsey Artists’ Group which is an artist-led organisation, a not-for-profit company registered in England no.3353857 and a Registered Charity no. 1073851. Financially assisted by Arts Council England and Southwark Council.

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For the opening of the installation, Sunday, 9th November there will be a live performance at 3pm.

Three other performances will also take place on:
8th December, at Battersea Arts Centre | http://tinyurl.com/mmxwmox

10th December at Colchester Arts Centre | http://tinyurl.com/q946mxn

11th December at Whitechapel Gallery | http://tinyurl.com/lzwaf2o
A feature film will be released in the new year through Soda Pictures.

NB:

In 2000 Iain Sinclair set out to recreate Clare’s walk away from madness. He wanted to understand his bond with the poet and escape the gravity of his London obsessions. Accompanied on this journey by his wife Anna (who shares a connection with Clare), the artist Brian Catling and magus Alan Moore, Sinclair’s quest for Clare becomes an investigation into madness, sanity and the nature of the poet’s muse. And this is echoed throughout the installation. His book, Edge of the Orison will be made available throughout the exhibition.

‘Brilliant . . . amusing, alarming and poignant. An elegy for an already lost English landscape. Magnificent and urgent’. Robert Macfarlane, Times Literary Supplement.

‘A sensitive, beautifully rendered portrait . . . a feast, a riddle, a slowly unravelling conundrum . . . a love-letter to British Romanticism’. The Independent

‘Sinclair walks every inch of his wonderful novels and psychogeographies, pacing out huge word-courses like an architect laying out a city on an empty plain’. J. G. Ballard, The Observer.

CGP London is financially assisted by Arts Council England and Southwark Council. CGP London provides two contrasting spaces for artists to realise ambitious new projects: Cafe Gallery which is a modern purpose-built space comprising three interlinked ‘white room’ spaces and Dilston Grove, Britain’s first in-situ poured concrete structure, that provides with a cavernous raw space for large-scale installations and performance.

CGP London artist patrons

Ackroyd & Harvey, Andrew Kötting, Mike Nelson, Cornelia Parker, Iain Sinclair, Richard Wentworth, Richard Wilson.

CGP London patrons

Breckman & Company, Paul and Louise Cooke, Lord and Lady Stevenson.

Listings information

CGP London: Dilston Grove – By Our Selves (The Installation) | Andrew Kötting & Iain Sinclair Southwark Park, London, SE16 2DD,
www.cgplondon.org
+44 (0) 20 7237 1230

Opening times

14 November – 14 December 2014 | Friday – Sunday from 11am – 4pm.

Preview: Sunday, 9 November from 2:30 – 4:30pm with a live performance starting promptly at 3pm.

Transport

Underground: Canada Water on the Jubilee and London Overground Lines. Rail: South Bermondsey Buses: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, 395, P12, C10 all stop at Canada Water station.
Canada Water station is seven minutes walk from Southwark Park.
Car/Taxi: Enter Southwark Park via the Southwark Park Road entrance. Free parking in the park.

Dilston Grove, Southwark Park, London SE16 2DD admin@cgplondon.org +44 (0)20 7237 1230 CGP????London – Cafe Gallery and Dilston Grove – is managed by the Bermondsey Artists’ Group which is an artist-led organisation, a not-for-profit company registered in England no.3353857 and a Registered Charity no. 1073851. Financially assisted by Arts Council England and Southwark Council.

A film made for BBC’s Newsnight about ‘Edge of the Orison’

Somebody just sent me a link to a film made for BBC’s Newsnight about ‘Edge of the Orison’. We were covering the same ground as the recent ‘By Our Selves’ walk. But with a more strident political agenda.

Iain
At 05:03 a very interesting section of the video, with Iain talking of an anonymous modern building in the middle of a roundabout.
“A center of alien intelligence”
“Where are the people? There are no people. It’s post-human. It has no actual purpose.”

A message from Andrew Kötting

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THANK YOU to all of you who have already helped the film by pledging money. There are plenty of new prizes and rewards and whatnots left on the kickstarter site.To see what it’s all about please click on the button above.

There are just ten days left before the campaign closes after which if we do not reach our target we are left bereft – with no money at all – just a warm feeling that so many of you tried to help. So if there is anyone that you know directly or indirectly and who you felt might be able to help with monies then please forward this email.

Toby Jones, Alan Moore, MacGillivray, Jem Finer, Philippe Ciompi, Nick Gordon Smith, Anonymous Bosch, David Aylward, Leila McMillan, Marcia Farquhar as well as friends and family have all given generously of their time and energy. It would be sad not to realise such an ambitious project.

I’m excited to think that we might yet be able to deliver a film that could end up being like the bastard child from the unholy communion of Gallivant and Swandown whilst This Filthy Earth looked on.

Andrew
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PS Iain Sinclair and I will be presenting the project this Wednesday 9th July 6.45pm at the Hackney Picture House. There will be readings from John Clare and Edge of the Orison. We will also show some short films that Iain and I have made together over the years.

PPS Eden’s cameo as Dorothy is growing all the time and she has now promised to read extracts from the Wizard of Oz for the finished film.