Future Screens NI Future Tuesdays Present The Whalebone Box with Andrew Kötting on 27 Apr 2021 at 12 noon
Andrew Kötting is one of the most innovative filmmakers who employs Punk multimedia aesthetic to circumvent the conventions of narrative cinema, experimental film and fine art. Kötting is known for his experimental travelogues that form portraits of landscapes and communities. Kötting employs the psychogeographical use of landscape and soundscape as a form of idiosyncratic and frequently playful wandering through and documentation of environments in order to examine the effects of natural and manmade landscapes on the psyche of individuals and communities. Kötting’s unique use of film and sound creates an at times hallucinatory effect that is simultaneously disorienting and familiarly cohesive.
Kötting will speak on his projects including a recent Documentary/Drama feature film The Whalebone Box (2019). The film follows the filmmaker returning a gift, the eponymous box, in a reverse pilgrimage from London to the Isle of Harris with his daughter and muse Eden, photographer Anonymous Bosch, and writer Iain Sinclair. Kötting frequently collaborates with his daughter and has previously worked with Sinclair on the films Swandown (2012), By Our Selves (2015) and Edith Walks (2016) and on several writing and performance art projects.
Andrew Kötting was born in Kent and studied at The Slade School of Art. He began making short films in the late 1980s. Kötting has been awarded prizes at international film festivals and won commissions from the BBC and Channel 4 and The Arts Council. He also produces bookworks, CDs, LPs and paintings, many in collaboration with his daughter Eden. Gallivant (1996), was his first feature film, a road/home movie about his four-month journey around the coast of Britain, with his grandmother Gladys and his daughter Eden, which won the Channel 4 Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival for Best Director and the Golden Ribbon Award in Rimini (Italy). In 2011, the UK publication Time Out voted Gallivant as number 49 of Best British Films of all time.
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