By Our Selves, from John Clare in Epping Forest to Alan Moore in Northampton via 1841 | Northampton Herald & Post

Source: By Our Selves, from John Clare in Epping Forest to Alan Moore in Northampton via 1841 | Northampton Herald & Post

“By Our Selves” at the Hackney Picture House – special screening + Q&A


UK premiere of Andrew Kötting’s film By Our Selves, which retraces English poet John Clare’s journey from Epping Forest to Northamptonshire. Toby Jones, Iain Sinclair and a Straw Bear follow in Clare’s footsteps exactly 150 years after his death. En route they bump into Macgillivray, Dr Simon Kovesi and the wizard Alan Moore. Meantime the journey is narrated by Toby’s father Freddie, a maverick actor who featured in numerous David Lynch films. An epic march through hunger and madness, By Our Selves is an English journey to set beside ‘A Pilgrim’s Progress’. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with Andrew Kotting, Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore and Toby Jones, hosted by Gareth Evans.


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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

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. 

Price: £15, £12 concs


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