Exhibition

BY OUR SELVES (THE INSTALLATION) | ANDREW KÖTTING & IAIN SINCLAIR

14 Nov 2014 – 14 Dec 2014

Event times

Friday - Sunday | 11am - 4pm

Cost of entry

Free

London
England, United Kingdom

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  • Buses 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12 all stop at Canada Water
  • Canada Water on Jubilee and London Overground Lines
  • Canada Water on London Overground Line

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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.

About

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.

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 | For full details, please click here

10th December at Colchester Arts Centre | For full details, please click here

11th December at Whitechapel Gallery | For full details, please click here

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.

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Exhibiting artists

Andrew Kötting

Iain Sinclair

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