Andrew Kötting - screen and talk at the University of Brighton, 1 December, 2011 Photograph: Kötting speaking at Lovebytes Festival in 2007. © Lovebytes.
Andrew Kötting - screen and talk at the University of Brighton, 1 December, 2011 Photograph: Kötting speaking at Lovebytes Festival in 2007. © Lovebytes.




Step behind the scenes and get a glimpse of the thinking motivating the artists, filmmakers, thinkers and doers with talks on the first Thursday of each month. This December, filmmaker and artist Andrew Kötting is giving a talk at Cinecity, Brighton's annual film festival, in association with Lighthouse.

Still from "This Our Still Life" by Andrew Kötting.
Still from "This Our Still Life" by Andrew Kötting.

Andrew Kötting has been described as “one of Britain’s most intriguing artists, and perhaps the only film-maker currently practising who could be said to have taken to heart the spirit of visionary curiosity and hybrid creativity exemplified by the late Derek Jarman.”

He is one of the key artists exhibiting at this year’s Cinecity film festival. To complement his exhibition for the festival, Kötting will be presenting a screening and talk at the University of Brighton, in association with Lighthouse.

Kötting’s first feature-length movie was Gallivant (1996), a highly idiosyncratic documentary, that records a journey he took around the coast of Britain accompanied by his 85-year-old grandmother, Gladys, and his seven-year-old daughter Eden, who suffers from Joubert syndrome, a rare condition that affects sight, movement and speech. The grittier side of Kötting’s work emerged in his second feature, This Filthy Earth (2001), loosely adapted from Zola’s novel La Terre, and in 2002 he released Mapping Perception, a science, film and art project inspired by Eden.

On 1 December, Kötting will present his latest work, This Our Still Life. Premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the film is a highly personal and meditative portrait of the remote tumbledown Pyrenean farmhouse where Kötting has lived on and off for more than 20 years. Eden, now 23, is at the heart of the film. With music from Scanner and a plethora of material from the film-maker’s sound archive, This Our Still Life exudes an evocative charge of melancholia and nostalgia. The film is the centrepiece of Kötting’s exhibition of the same name at the University of Brighton gallery, which runs until 3 December.

The event also includes a screening of Eden (Dir. Gideon Koppell), a short film portrait of Eden Kötting, commissioned by Project Arts Works in Hastings.

Following the screenings both Andrew and Eden Kötting will be in conversation.

This Our Still Life has been chosen as the film of the month in December’s Sight & Sound magazine, where Iain Sinclair writes of Kötting that his genius “is to marry Stan Brakhage and Benny Hill: heart-rending visionary intensity with lurching human comedy, funny voices, speeding physicality. An authentic poem to place, in and of wild nature. Panoramic and intimate. And wholly absorbing”.

This is a unique opportunity to hear one of the UK’s most singular filmmaking talents speak about the ideas behind his work, and meet his most enduring subject, Eden Kötting. Not to be missed.

Date: Thursday 1 December 2011

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: The Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JY

Tickets: £6/£5 (concs)

Booking: Booking through Picturehouses

Organised by Cinecity, in association with Lighthouse

Cinecity – Brighton’s film festival – is happening over 18 days this November and December and features the very best in international cinema with a glorious mix of premieres and previews, artists’ cinema and installations, treasures from the archive, retrospectives, free education screenings and events, talks and debates.

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