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  2. 4 Whitstable Biennale 2016 is the 8th edition of the festival, featuring new works made especially for Whitstable from some of the UK’s most exciting artists, together with live performances, films, talks, workshops, walks and events. Our theme this year, The Faraway Nearby, is the title of a wonderful book by Rebecca Solnit. The phrase comes from the sign-off to letters written by artist Georgia O’Keefe from New Mexico, back to family and friends in New York. The Faraway Nearby is a book about listening, and about telling stories, a memoir and a study of distance, and where we might find the places we belong: “We are all the heroes of our own stories, and one of the arts of perspective is to see yourself small on the stage of another’s story, to see the vast expanse of the world that is not about you, and to see your power, to make your life, to make others, or break them, to tell stories rather than be told by them.” The Faraway Nearby has an added resonance locally, with themes of migration and shifting populations. Kent is on the frontline in the UK of the refugee crisis, with huge pressure on the authorities to manage the tensions created by increasing numbers of people arriving, and to look after growing numbers of unaccompanied children, looking for refuge from war torn lands. Many of the works in this year’s festival focus directly or indirectly on these themes of distance and closeness, of the generosity of telling stories and sharing experiences with people, and an understanding of the movement and migration of people and ideas across the globe. Drop in to the Horsebridge Arts Centre for more information about the programme, every day from 10:00– 20:00 during the festival. You will also find a warm welcome in The Long Table, our special festival café on the ground floor of the Horsebridge, created by musician and composer Matthew Herbert in collaboration with chef Rosie Sykes and Whitstable Biennale. WELCOME TO WHITSTABLE BIENNALE 2016! Front Cover: Lucy Pawlak, Lost Beat Officer, 2016
  3. Thank you! Martin Barbour Adam Chodzko Seaview Holiday Park All at the Horsebridge Arts Centre Mark Stampe Barry Toogood Brian Hitcham Carole Craven Richard and Angharad Green Gretchen Egolf Mitch Robertson Daren Kearl Terry Perk Mike Wier Glyn Hall-Edwards John Davison Steve Randall Val Inwood Natasha Vicars Stephen Beasley Tom Thumb Theatre Wienerberger Ltd Debby Marman Douglas Noble Kerry Millett Georgia Nelson William Godwin Ian Bride Whitstable Museum WhitLit Everyone who took the time to apply to our Open Submission, all of the volunteers working with the festival. John McPherson and Peter Heslip, and all at Arts Council England, Michelle Moubarak and Andy Smith at Canterbury City Council, Tony Witton and Sarah Wren at Kent County Council, Sarah Dance at Culture Kent, and all at Visit Kent. Board of Trustees Amanda Jones, Hanne Mällinen-Scott, Andy Malone (Chair), Kieren Reed, Peter Stanfield, Stephen Turner, Rachel Wyndham Wincott. Staff Director: Sue Jones Deputy Director: Catherine Herbert Curators: Gareth Evans, Emma Leach and Jennifer Thatcher Programme curator: Matthew de Pulford Satellite: Charley Vines Press: Janette Scott Comms: Simon Steven Readings: Rachel Connolly Café: Siobhan McGhee Head of Development: Emma Wilcox HQ: Jenny Duff, Mirka KotuliDová and Maria Sveidahl Interns: Sarue Jokonya, Kiira Laurikka and Kate Fahy Design: App: 4 SCREENINGS & PERFORMANCES 14 ARTISTS’ SHORT FILMS 18 BIENNALE CINEMA 26 TALKS, READINGS & CONVERSATION 32 CAFÉ AND SPECIAL FESTIVAL DINNER 34 FESTIVAL TOURS 35 WALKS 36 FAMILY 38 SATELLITE 38 OFFSITE 40 CALENDAR 44 MAP AND KEY VISITOR INFO For general enquiries about Whitstable Biennale and the programme contact us at info@whitstablebienn com or 01843 596194 / 07957 575794. Talk to us Twitter: @whitbienn Download our smartphone guide Available for iPhones (iTunes) and Android (GooglePlay) smartphones Event bookings Booking is required for some events, see each listing for more information. Age restrictions apply to some events. For most bookings, see our website at or call the Horsebridge Arts Centre on 01227 281174. Events are free unless stated. SUPPORT Whitstable Biennale presents work which is free for the public to participate in and enjoy. We rely on both public and private support to ensure that we can continue to commission the most promising artists to create ambitious new works, and to work with young people in innovative ways. Your support goes directly to artists to develop their practice, often at key moments in their careers and to present audiences with the most exciting experimental contemporary work. Artists previously shown at the Biennale have gone on to show at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, and to win major prizes. There are a number of ways in which you can support us to continue this important work including through joining our Friends’ schesme or donating by text or online. To find out more about how you can play a part in our future success, visit our website or contact Emma Wilcox, Head of Development Become a friend and support the development of new art and ideas. Your contribution of £50 will go directly to commissioning new art. For all of the details and benefits please go to or text WHIT16 £10 to 70070 to donate to Whitstable Biennale and support new art and ideas.
  4. 5 SCREENINGS & PERFORMANCES Alice Butler Fan Letters of Love Mon–Tues, Thurs–Sat 10:00–16:00 Barcham Sewing Machinery, 59 Harbour St, CT5 1AG / The Fabric Shop, 46A Harbour St, CT5 1AH / Whitknits, 5 Oxford St, CT5 1DB / Clark’s Flower Shop, 64 Oxford St, CT5 1DG Alice Butler is a writer and PhD researcher based in London, specialising in the intersections between literature, visual art and performance. Her research is focused on late twentieth century and contemporary women’s experimental writing, and its relationship to the histories of feminist performance art. Fan Letters of Love is an exploration into adolescence, plagiarism and kleptomania in writing, and a performance of the fanatical love of the critic. To adopt the fan position is to work with bodies and texts unguarded: open to shame. It is to flirt, desire, to cuckold and copy — in letters to the objects of the fan’s affection and love. Inspired by the tiny Hanuman Books, edited by Raymond Foye and Francesco Clemente between 1978–1996, these epistolary fan letters have been designed, by Katie Johnston, into a set of illustrated miniature chapbooks — small enough to slip in your pocket. Installed within a cluster of shops on Whitstable’s high street, the books are to be read, devoured and shoplifted, before the postscript of each book asks the reader to promenade to the next shop and booklet in this loving chain of fantasy correspondence. The love objects addressed are predominantly from the 1980s and 90s, such as the writers Cookie Mueller, Kathy Acker and Dodie Bellamy; but the Victorian kleptomaniac is not forgotten in this story: she was the first fan, the original plagiarist. Leslie Deere Modern Conjuring for Amateurs 11 June, 12 June 13:30–14:00, 14:30–15:00, 16:00–16:30 H3, Horsebridge Arts Centre Originally from Tennessee, Leslie Deere is a London based artist working with a variety of media. In this performance, Deere explores the confluence between scientific and esoteric knowledge. She takes inspiration from both contemporary theoretical physics and nineteenth century inventions. The phonograph, radio and the cathode ray tube all challenged people’s ideas of what was possible in the physical world. If people could record sound, send information by radio wave and light a screen with subatomic particles, could they also make contact with the spirit world? Even now, physicists at CERN continue to study these enigmatic particles to provide insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Modern Conjuring for Amateurs takes its title from the eponymous book by J.C. Cannell, a popular guide to learning tricks, conjuring and ventriloquism. Deere’s performance will, for the first time, combine her performing arts dance background with her sonic arts training, as she creates a shared experience, conjuring up sound and visuals with gesture. The work is approx 30 minutes long. Booking is essential and places are limited. Please see Leslie Deere’s page at for more details, or call 01227 281174. Louisa Fairclough CLOSED EYE VISION Devised by Louisa Fairclough with composer Richard Glover Three quiet happenings for one or two singers in three un-named locations exploring the ameliorating andaffectivepotentialoftheuseofvoiceandmental image within performance. I Wish I Could Be a Stone and Tidal Volume are both sited close to the water’s edge with the singers focusing on the tide. For Awkward Relaxed two singers with eyes closed imagine a pendulum swinging slowly back and forth, this sets the slow rhythm of the work. Marcia Farquhar The iScreamers Saturday 4 June 13:00–14:00 Head to Brices Alley, Sea Wall A consideration of the cool confection in song and dance. Marcia Farquhar will be drawing on the dark sideoficecream’shistoryinasemi-autobiographical, psycho-geographical, socio-economical lecture accompanied by action painting and live music. The show will offer a variety of one-time-only unmissable attractions!
  5. 6 Marcia Farquhar Rooty Tooty and Based on a true story involving my mother, myself, an unknown old couple, a green ice cream and a hedge 4–12 June 11:00–17:00 View in the window / buy from the counter, Sundae, Sundae Recalling Mr Punch’s war cry, the Biennale ice cream’s name was suggested by artist Marcia Farquhar who saw red and white stripes as ‘the way to do it’. Rooty Tooty is being developed by artist Chris Conway, the legendary creative force behind oyster ice cream, who is putting the root back into Rooty Tooty in his inimitable style. Without giving the game away this maestro of cool confection is developing a taste of yesteryear drawing on old treats for modern palates. A second work at Sundae, Sundae draws on artist Marcia Farquhar’s early life in Felixstowe. A silent movie stars the artist as one half of ‘the unknown couple’, with the male half played by legendary artist and filmmaker Andrew Kötting. Farquhar’s daughter, artist Kitty Finer, appears as the artist’s mother, and her granddaughter as the artist herself. The film is approx 10 minutes long and can be viewed at any time during opening hours. Jem Finer 51º 30’ 44” N, 0º 0’ 38” E Sunday 5 June 13:00–18:00 Sea Cadets’ Hall Jem Finer is a UK-based artist, musician and composer. Since studying computer science in the 1970s, he has worked in a variety of fields, including photography, film, experimental and popular music and installation. Recent work focuses on his interest in long-term sustainability and the reconfiguring of older technologies. Responding to an invitation to spend a year in one place, Jem Finer’s 51º 30’ 44” N, 0º 0’ 38” E is a sonic exploration from the location of his studio at Trinity Buoy Wharf. Listening and looking eastwards, at the point where the rivers Lea and Thames meet, it draws on field recordings, musical compositions and films made during all hours of day and night over the course of 12 months. Encompassing the cycles of the seasons and temporal, meteorological and astronomical shifts, the work is presented as a film in which the dimension of sound is given priority over the visual. Join us for a Q&A with Jem Finer in the Sea Cadets’ Hall at 16:00. The work is approx 30 minutes long and can be viewed at any time. Grasscut & Oliver Coates Saturday 11 June Doors open 18:15–21:30 Playhouse Theatre Grasscut are Brighton based composer/producer Andrew Phillips and musician/writer Marcus O’Dair. Grasscut’s music has always been deeply rooted in a sense of place, expressed through Phillips’ vocals, and rich references including WG Sebald, Hilaire Belloc, Ezra Pound, Robert Wyatt (O’Dair published Different Every Time, the authorised biography of Wyatt in 2014), James Mason, TS Eliot, Gazelle Twin, Philip Larkin and Kathleen Ferrier. Grasscut have received wide praise for their audio-visual live shows since opening the main stage at the Big Chill, and their acclaimed recent album Everyone Was A Bird explored a cinematic and immersive mix of electronica, post-rock and song augmented by live strings, drums, piano and guitar. Oliver Coates is a cellist, composer and producer based in London. In the past year he has performed solo shows in China, Russia, Brazil, Egypt, New York and Australia. He was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011 and is an Artist in Residence at the Southbank Centre. Coates will perform a piece by the twentieth century German conceptual artist Hanne Darboven. He says, “Darboven’s Opus 17a consists of 40 minutes of tonal arpeggios moving across the most resonant regions of the cello. The physical labour pours into constant patterning. Over time the viewer / listener becomes aware of detail. The attack, decay, tempo fluctuations, dynamic and timbre all come into sharp focus.” The concert will be three hours long with a short interval. It will finish in good time for visitors to catch the last direct train to London St Pancras (21:50), London Victoria (22:28) or Ramsgate (23:39). Booking advisable, tickets can be purchased from the Playhouse Theatre box office, open from Monday to Saturday 10:00–12:00 (telephone 01227 272042), or via the Playhouse online booking system ( booking). Tickets are £8 (£6 concessions). Please note wheelchair access is limited — contact the venue for details. The Playhouse Whitstable is owned and administered by the Lindley Players Ltd. Leslie Deere, Modern Conjuring for Amateurs, 2016, photograph Marie Valognes
  6. 8 9 Tony Grisoni Kingsland & In this World Introduced by Tony Grisoni Saturday 4 June 21:00–00:00 West Beach tennis courts With films such as Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas to his name, Tony Grisoni is one of Britain’s leading screenwriters. His first feature film, Queen of Hearts, directed by Jon Amiel, won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Festival du Film de Paris, and Southcliffe, written for Channel 4 and set on the North Kent marshes, was widely acknowledged as a profound, chilling and mesmerising work. After an introduction by Tony Grisoni, we will screen Kingsland #1: The Dreamer (BAFTA nominated), a powerful drama written and directed by Grisoni, telling the story of a Kurdish immigrant who has arrived in North East London with nothing and finds himself involved in a dark world with fellow Kurds; and In This World (Berlinale Golden Bear winner), for which Tony Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers’ route from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe with the director, Michael Winterbottom. The screenings will be audience powered, using bicycles to generate the electricity, with a three-bike cinema set-up from Whitstable’s Wheely Groovy. Snacks and hot drinks provided. Booking is essential and places are limited. Please see Tony Grisoni’s page at for more details, or call 01227 281174. Thanks to Wheely Groovy. Evan Ifekoya A Score, A Grove, A Phantom: The Extended Play Saturday 4 June 20:00–21:00 Sea Cadets’ Hall Evan Ifekoya is an interdisciplinary artist, exploring the politicisation of culture, society and aesthetics. Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co-authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle. Ifekoya’s performance will create a multi- sensory environment of pink fur, Juicy Fruit chewing gum, a locally sourced ‘disco ball’ and highlights from the artist’s ‘family album’. The work presents Ifekoya’s research into the nightclub as archive, the mouth as site of experience and West African mourning traditions. A Score, A Groove, A Phantom is a performance as expanded song, bringing together the public nature of death and the performance of self, as well as the awkwardness of having a ‘favourite part’ of Nanna Grace’s funeral DVD. It uses the body in life and death as a material to investigate the erotic potential of these experiences. Please leave your shoes at the door. Libations will be served. Dancing is encouraged. The work is approx 60 minutes long and will finish in good time for visitors to catch the last direct train to London St Pancras (21:50), London Victoria (22:28) or Ramsgate (23:39). Moyra Derby, Nicky Hamlyn, Conor Kelly, Joan Key and Jost Münster {} Interval 9–12 June with live install 11 June 11:00–18:00 Whitstable Railway Station waiting room Framing and spacing are pictorial conventions that create intervals, often inadvertently forming part of the dialogue between the viewer and the work of art. This collaboration between five artists asks what happens when the cuts of image and spacing become the focus of attention, when compositional decisions expand into the space, activating responses to both imagery and context. {} Interval reflects on the momentary encounter, caught within or cut by the limit of rectangular support, viewfinder, picture space or film reel. The five artists will work collaboratively in the space, presenting works to be seen as componentsandsupportsforeachother,negotiating how one work frames or cuts across another. As the collective installation for {} Interval takes shape, the set-up process will be documented as part of a live event and played back into the space. What constitutes the work, how to assess the arena of influence of one element to another will be approached as an open question, attention shifting between image, apparatus, space and medium. The edits, interruptions and inter-dependencies between frame and interval, between set-up and viewpoint become evident, offering a basis for discussion and comment between artists and audience. Mikhail Karikis Ain’t Got No Fear 4,5 and 11, 12 June 12:00–18:00 Youth Centre Mikhail Karikis’ practice emerges from his long- standing investigation of the voice as a material and a socio-political agent. He collaborates with communities connected to places of production to generate site-specific performances to camera which explore the role sound plays in creating a sense of collectivity, highlighting alternative modes of human existence, work and action. For his new film Mikhail Karikis worked for almost a year with teenage boys from the Isle of Grain — a stark and sparsely populated Kentish marshland dominated by industry, military ruins and rare wetland birds. Centred around the boys’ performance of a collaboratively composed rap song, that is also a rackety reclaiming of a local site where youth raves were recently shut down, the film presents the immense site as it is defined by childhood adventure, conjuring up secret hideaways and creating a form of spatial justice determined by the logic of play and friendship. Using as their beat the persistent crushing noises of the demolition of a neighbouring power plant, the boys of Grain rap about their lives presenting glimpses of teenage diaries, spanning their memories of being younger to their visions of the future. The work is approx 15 minutes long on a loop. Visit at any point during opening times. The work is also being shown in the Biennale cinema on weekdays, see cinema section for more details. A co-commission with Ideas Test. Andrew Kötting Salon: Atmosphere Saturday 4 June 16:00–18:00 Cinema Andrew Kötting’s practice is multifarious, moving from early live-art inflected, often absurdist performance pieces, through to experimental short films, installations, LPs, CDs, paintings, drawings and books. He has also made feature films and documentaries that take landscape and journeys as their inspiration or starting point. Autobiography, psychogeography and melancholy are the motors that drive the work. Kötting has been running ‘salons’ for over 15 years, initially developed with the artist and filmmaker Barnard, at KIAD (now the University for the Creative Arts). Early on, students were shown diverse moving image works to pique curiosity and provoke debate. The salons grew in an organic way to include readings, sound pieces, and the occasional performance. Invariably the sessions were quite loose and Kötting would respond to something that Clio presented, almost as a call and response device. In the first of the two salons, Kötting will explore the notion of ‘atmosphere’, and how it might be experienced in a sonic, visual or textual way. Materials will be on hand but the structure will remain loose and improvised. The salons are a partnership between University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury and Whitstable Biennale. Please note: the salons may include adult material not suitable for under 16s. Andrew Kötting Salon: Sound Saturday 11 June 16:00–18:00 Cinema In this second salon, Kötting will present work with Conor Kelly, an artist and musician. There will be an aural bias to the proceedings but again the structure will remain loose and the audience will be invited to watch two men struggling to make sense of their particular miscellanies. The salons are a partnership between University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury and Whitstable Biennale. Please note: the salons may include adult material not suitable for under 16s. Richard Layzell Softly Softly 4 June, 5 June 14:00–14:40 (16+), 15:30–16:10 (all ages), 17:00–17:40 (16+) Undisclosed Location Richard Layzell is an internationally recognised visual artist working in performance, video, installation and socially engaged practice. Softly Softly is an elemental journey exploring suspension, elasticity, anthropomorphism and flight. The secret location for this unmissable experience is in Whitstable and it’s closer than you think. The underground vacuum may be unexpected, but not to the neighbours. The mechanism is fundamental and exhilarating. During the journey we uncover the universal
  7. 11Marcia Farquhar, Rooty Tooty, 2016 in the everyday, the endangered in the familiar, function and form, expectation and humility, success and failure, tension and release, pathos and play. The work is approx 40 minutes long. Booking is essential and places are limited. Please see Richard Layzell’s page at, or call 01227 281174 for more details. Supported by the Gulbenkian. Tessa Lynch Green Belt 4 June, 5 June 15:00–16:15 South Quay Boatshed Tessa Lynch is a Glasgow based visual artist working predominantly with sculpture and performance, mimicking objects and scenarios to reflect the emotional impact of the built environment. Green Belt is a live-making performance that unfolds over the length of time it takes to commute from Whitstable to London by train. Lynch draws on the sacred qualities of UK planning law to create a large-scale floor piece and scripted spoken word performance. She will use simple building techniques familiar to the Kent landscape and, like other worker-commuters, she will also suffer from interruptions: unscheduled delays, leaves on the line, PPI sales calls and industrial action. Green Belt takes place in the South Quay Boatshed, a stand-in for the post-industrial buildings in her home district in Glasgow, which have been repurposed to house enormous sets for television — places where fact meets fiction. The Boatshed is in active use in Whitstable’s working harbour and is also a site earmarked for development. Lynch will use the transitional nature of the site to contain her fictional imaginings about the movement of the female body through landscape. The work is approx 75 minutes long. Visit at any point during opening times. Louisa Martin Lossy Ecology 4–12 June 11:00–16:30 Museum Louisa Martin is a London-based multi-disciplinary artist interested in the conditions which structure and produce embodied experience, and how the possibility of redirecting these conditions might be exercised. Often the focus is on sensorial, affective and sub-linguistic modes, via immersive video installations, or involving the apparatus of performance and stagecraft. Lossy Ecology is a new film installation, produced following research into the neuroscience of embodiment, and subcultural and scientific discourses around autism. The film imagines what might be necessary for the technical formation of a particular type of body or experiences of embodiment that cannot be fully articulated and therefore ‘exist’ within standardised representational systems. Reality is positioned as a working fiction produced by how we necessarily prioritise, compress or exclude aspects of experience in order to systemise perceptions into a workable and communicable consensus. The title refers to an imagined symbiotic permaculture of realities which can account for the multitude of differences in perception and subsequently cognition and communication across humans, and beyond. A shape shifting consciousness emerges, transmutating into different energy formations as means of producing self-knowledge. Produced following residencies at CRAE (Centre for Research into Autism and Education), UCL, and at the Laboratory of Action and Body, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London. The work is approx 10 minutes long on a loop. Visit at any point during opening times. Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award. Lucy Pawlak Lost Beat Officer 11 June, 12 June 14:00–15:15, 17:00–18:15 Sea Cadets’ Hall Lucy Pawlak is a visual artist and scriptwriter. “Every contact leaves a trace” In this performance/workshop, a beat officer- turned-artist will inaugurate an independent police academy that fuses advanced digital forensics with the situationist practice of détournement. Participants are invited to model with London Clay — a material commonly found in South East England and used for making bricks and pottery — to materialise missing evidence from disappeared activity and unexplained events. This project emerged out of a malfunction in Dorothy. Dorothy is an interface linking the brain to a cloud. Her officers are hybrid agents cerebrally connected to a global archive of big data. When a Dorothy Officer arrives on a crime scene, the cloud begins a conversation with the officer’s thoughts, generating relevant forensic data. Dorothy collaborates with hybrid agents to create a global daisy chain of activity relating to any given event. The work is approx 75 minutes long. No booking necessary, but places are limited. Credits: Beat Officer: Charles Adrian Gillott, My Assistant: Lucy Pawlak, Dorothy: Truth Lab Technology. With thanks to staff at Smeed Dean Works, Ian Martinson and Brickfinder Ltd. Trish Scott Medium 4–12 June Sat–Sun 12:00–18:00, Mon–Fri 12:00–16:00 Harbour, near Deadman’s Corner Trish Scott makes videos, performances and events which explore the production and authorship of cultural knowledge. With a background in social anthropology Scott works experimentally with others, often setting in motion collaborative or participatory encounters which aim to unsettle conventional patterns of thought and behaviour. The resulting artworks create narratives from the space between these encounters and their documents. This new installation explores potentiality within the creative process. Multiple sound channels describe an artwork that’s not yet made. Different voices (which are at once the same) simultaneously affirm and undermine each other and the form and medium of the potential work shifts and mutates, never settling. Medium stems from conversations between Scott and a number of psychics, each of whom Scott asked to predict what she’d produce for the Biennale. Made in response to having her own creativity studied by a psychologist, the installation forms part of broader research examining the extent to which artistic outcomes can be foretold and the extent to which it’s possible for one’s creativity to be articulated by another. The work is approx 15 minutes long on a loop. Visit at any point during opening times. Supported by Canterbury Christ Church University.
  8. 12 Practice Research Forum STICKY THICK — Thinking through practice Tuesday 7 June 12:00–19:00 United Reformed Church Hall Hosted by the School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent, and the Sound-Image-Research Centre (SISRC), this one day symposium will bring together artists, writers, filmmakers, composers, actors and researchers across disciplines to investigate practice research as a continuing process of invention, and its capacity to generate dynamic and challenging modes of enquiry. The event will include presentations by Shona Illingworth, Adam Chodzko, Gretchen Egolf and Sinéad Rushe, Tim Meacham, Jan Hendrickse and others. The symposium will begin from 11:00–11:45, meeting for coffee in the Horsebridge Arts Centre to listen to readings from Rebecca Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby. Symposium presentations begin in the United Reform Church Hall from 12:00, with breaks at intervals to view Biennale exhibits. The symposium closes with drinks on the beach at 19:00 before the world premiere of Nichola Bruce’s new film Gifts. Free. For more information see http:// Webb-Ellis Parlor Walls 4–12 June Monday–Friday 12:00–18:00 Saturday 12:00–17:00 Sunday 12:00–16:00 Library Lecture Room Webb-Ellis are two British/Canadian artist- filmmakers working in film, installation and performance. By enacting various scenarios, they investigate the problems of representation, perception and the boundaries between self and other. Their work often incorporates elements of fiction and coincidence in order to tell the story of its own making. Parlor Walls takes Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 as a starting point to explore alienation in the digital age, and the strangeness of contemporary human experience. Made up of documentary, performance and online videos gleaned over two years, Parlor Walls oscillates between the mythological and the everyday. White clowns, YouTube pseudo intimacy, metal detecting and the atavistic journey of the eel combine in an experimental inquiry into the real, loneliness, desire, memory and touch. Whilst Fahrenheit 451 presents a distinctly dystopian vision, Parlor Walls harbours a quiet optimism, calling in the oldest of stories to propose new ways of understanding our place within an interconnected world. The work is approx 20 minutes long on a loop. Visit at any point during opening times. Please note this venue is upstairs. With music by Paul Michael Henry. With special thanks to Crescent Arts, Stuart Cameron, University for the Creative Arts, Yorkshire Coast College and Stephen Joseph Theatre. Sarah Wood Boat People 4–12 June Sat–Sun 12:00–18:00, Mon–Fri 12:00–16:00 Harbour, near Deadman’s Corner Sarah Wood is an artist filmmaker. She works with the found object, particularly the still and moving image, as an act of reclamation and re-interrogation. ‘Homelessness is coming to be the destiny of the world’, suggested Martin Heidegger in 1946, in the immediate aftermath of the mass movement of people created by WWII. In 1946 this displacement was a shocking legacy. Sixty years on, with the escalating movement of people escaping conflict and environmental catastrophe across the world, has Heidegger’s prediction come true? Has displacement become the norm rather than the exception? Boat People is an essay film that explores this question. Taking as its starting point the historic version of Britain as a seafaring nation the film counterpoints the surety of this assertion of identity with the contingency of movement. Boat People also questions the role the moving image itself plays in the representation of human movement and the migration of ideas. Just as the invention of the telescopic lens brought near and far together for the very first time, Boat People is about the way in the twenty-first century the near and far are mediated and transformed by the new ‘perception accelerator’, the digital image. The work is approx 20 minutes long on a loop. Visit at any point during opening times. Mikhail Karikis, Ain’t Got No Fear, Video still, 2016
  9. 15 Sarah Beddington The Logic of the Birds (18 mins, 2015) The Logic of the Birds was inspired by early twentieth century photographs of Palestinian processions, showing people moving freely across the land, as well as by a twelth century Sufi poem about a group of birds who go in search of a leader only to realise, after crossing a landscape full of hardships, that collectively they are the leader they were searching for. The project began as a public processional performance with costumed actors in a remote valley close to the Jordan Valley — an area that is on a major trajectory for bird migration as well as being a route inscribed by infinite journeys of pilgrimage, exile and return. By working with a mythological story in the reality of occupied Palestine, the artist hoped to offer one of many possible scenarios in this controlled landscape that might open up a space for a potential future story yet to be created. Sarah Beddington is a British artist and filmmaker whose work explores the intersections between the historical, the imaginary and a contemporary everyday.Herprojectshavebeen showninternationally in many museums, galleries and film festivals and are represented in public and private art collections including Arts Council England. Ellie Kyungran Heo Island (28 mins / 2015) This film features an island at the southern- most point of South Korea, which requires less than an hour to cover its terrain. On the island, there are two extremely contrasting atmospheres, from crowded hordes to hours of emptiness. These emphasise its position geographically and psychologically as an island. In a filmic relationship, gazing at some residents on the island, the questions “Where are you now?”, “Why are you here?” and “What happened to you?” would be asked to the film’s subjects, audience, and the director herself. Ellie Kyungran Heo is an artist-filmmaker, graduating in 2015 from an MA in Moving Image at the Royal College of Art. She makes experimental films by collaging the performance and documentation of her subject as her relationship to the subject changes over time with respect to conflict, intimacy and sensitivity. ARTISTS’ SHORT FILM PROGRAMME H4, Horsebridge Arts Centre This programme of short films runs three times every day during the festival. The programme starts at 10:00, 12:40 and 15:20. Visit at any point during opening times. Free. Jessica Sarah Rinland The Blind Labourer (27 mins / 2016) The Blind Labourer examines the similarities and contrasts within the whaling and lumber industries. It edits together archive footage of labourers in the forests, at sea and in factories, felling trees, cutting whales and developing their multiple products for society and scientific studies. Text appears as subtitles throughout the film, written in the first person by an ambiguous whaler who comes to meet a blind lumberjack, fascinated by whales. The film rejects the idea that beings can be ranked according to their relative value, and explores each micro and macro form’s effect on one other. Jessica Sarah Rinland has exhibited in galleries, cinemas,filmfestivalsanduniversitiesinternationally. With Philip Hoare and Edward Sugden, she is currently working on We Account The Whale Immortal which explores historic and recurrent links between cetaceans and Utopia — to be exhibited at Somerset House, July–September 2016. Becca Voelcker Island (28 mins / 2015) Island traces the rhythms and routines of everyday life on a sub-tropical island thousands of miles southwest of mainland Japan. Setting out from this island, the film tracks ways in which diverse political agendas lie like sediment, and affect the bedrock of a place in terms of identity and language. While there might be shorelines on islands and borders on maps, it is through transgressions of these thresholds that each place revives its sense of self, time and again. In this way, Island concerns sense of place on a larger scale, inviting viewers to consider their own senses of place, and why it is that places carry such cargoes of memory, trauma, promise, and honour. Island was made during one summer, while Voelcker was living with a family on the island and participating in community events. Becca Voelcker is a Harvard University PhD candidate, exploring how moving images made between artistic and ethnographic practices communicate senses of place and displacement. Raised bilingually in rural Wales, she then studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, and The University of Cambridge, before living in Tokyo between 2013–2015.
  10. 16 17 Xiaowen Zhu Oriental Silk (30 mins, 2016) Oriental Silk explores the worldview of the owner of the first silk importing company in Los Angeles. Carefully and quietly, the film observes this owner, Kenneth Wong, as he goes through his daily routine in the store and tells his story: how his parents, first-dream through the store; how the once legendary store’s fortunes rose in close connection with the Hollywood entertainment industry, then fell with the proliferation of cheaper silk in the new global economy; how he himself came to be the owner of the shop and caretaker of the family legacy; and about his deep feelings for the shop, its history, and its future. Xiaowen Zhu is a London-based documentary filmmaker, media artist and writer. Her work has been widely shown internationally including at ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Art Basel, Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts and Athens Video Art Festival. Simon Barker and Jason Wood Always (crashing) (14 mins / 2016) A Saab 900 makes a meandering journey through the spaces of a multi storey car park. It isn’t clear if the car park is abandoned, simply underused, or standing-in for something else altogether. The suggestion is of a parallel heterotopia where things are different in barely noticeable and unexplained ways.The film avoids any clear narrative, instead simply extending an invitation to enjoy the apparently aimless motion of the car through the non-places of the building. The intertitle quotes come from J G Ballard’s short story Report from an Unidentified Space Station and imply the possibility that the car is on a journey of exploration, and in a way it is: measuring out space in its rhythmic movements. Simon Barker is an architect, filmmaker and artist, who trained at the Bartlett, UCL. Jason Wood is the Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Manchester. He has also written widely on cinema. His most recent publication is The Faber Book of New British Cinema. Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan Off the Trail (10 mins, 2015) Walk the path, sit the rains, grind the ink, wet the brush, unroll the broad white space… Lead out and tip the moist, black line. Gary Snyder’s invocation to the muse of a Chinese scroll painter sets the tone in a short film adapted from the artists’ longer work, Headlands Lookout. Filmed in former US military barracks, and in the long-abandoned homes and circular library of Gary Snyder and Zen philosopher Alan Watts, Off the Trail follows a central protagonist, a soldier from another era, as he performs a series of actions and rituals. The uniformed figure paints Chinese nature symbols, chants, meditates and wanders dreamlike through a rolling Californian landscape of fog-shrouded hills, coastal defences and dense woodland valleys. Scenes are accompanied by haiku and poetry readings from Michael McClure and Gary Snyder, and the disembodied voice of Alan Watts, ruminating upon the passage of time and our perception of the ‘wild’. Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan are visual artists and filmmakers based in Manchester. They have been collaborating since 2003. Their work has been exhibited internationally. Their practice is cross-disciplinary, encompassing video, drawing, painting, photography, found objects, publications and events, and often explores the relationship between the natural world and cultural history. Becca Voelcker, Island, video still, © the artist 2015
  11. 19 A Cat in Paris Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol (PG, 2010, France/Belgium, 70 mins) Saturday 4 June 11:30 For details see Family section. Counting Jem Cohen (PG, 2015, USA, 111 mins) Saturday 4 June 13:00 Brooklyn-based Jem Cohen is perhaps the most important diary / essay / street filmmaker currently working. For more than three decades he has been documenting and celebrating the lives of the marginalised and the overlooked in moving, committed and always resistant works that speak with the fragile poetry of everyday epiphany. Following his internationally acclaimed Museum Hours, his most recent feature is a dispatch from across the globe. In fifteen linked chapters shot in locations ranging from Moscow to New York to Istanbul, Counting merges city symphony, diary film, and personal/political essay to create a vivid portrait of contemporary life. Perhaps the most personal of Cohen’s films (Museum Hours, Chain, Instrument, Benjamin Smoke), Counting measures street life, light and time, noting not only surveillance and overdevelopment but resistance and its phantoms as manifested in music, animals and everyday magic. (Cinema Guild). Calais: the Last Border Marc Isaacs (12A, 2003, UK, 59 mins) Saturday 4 June 19:00 Quietly building a body of work that is putting him among the most empathetic documentary observers we have of lives often overlooked, Isaacs here visits the port that had become by 2003 both an index of global economic and social realities and a new border in ways previously unimagined. He weaves portraits of various individuals — a young English bar owner, an elderly British couple facing hard times economically and Ijez, an Afghan asylum seeker who lost all his family in the bombing of Kabul and now finds himself sleeping rough after the demolition of Sangatte, the Red Cross holding camp at Calais — into a moving and melancholy overview of a port defined more than ever by the island it gazes at across the Channel. Anticipation and disquiet colour all these lives, and Isaacs is most skilled at never judging by appearances, teasing out the pains and occasional pleasures beneath the most daily of surfaces. Tales of the Night Michel Ocelot (PG, 2011, France, 84 mins) Sunday 5 June 11:00 For details see Family section. Concurrence Doffy Weir & Dave Draper (NC, 2016, UK, 45 mins) Sunday 5 June 13:00 World Premiere Concurrence makes a slow 45 mile filmic and actual walk from Greenwich to All Hallows on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent. Edited from hundreds of photographs taken over three years, accelerating regeneration and industrial dereliction cohabit with contemporary power conduits and ancient transport routes. Modern contrasts with the older; the crowded city with tranquil open spaces, little known and ever-changing landscapes that are both urban and rural, yet neither of these. The film is accompanied by a haunting soundtrack of field recordings, found sound and original music (computer manipulated guitar improvisations). Concurrence is a companion piece to Confluence (2014). The two photographic essays contrast and document the beauty and evolution of the two sides of the Thames Estuary. Doffy Weir, a photographer living in East London, wants to slow down the madness and take time to look longer and see more. Dave Draper is a musician and composer, also living in East London. The Ghost Frequency Chiara Ambrosio (NC, 2014, UK / Italy, 72 mins) Sunday 5 June 15:00 A haunting artists’ documentary exploring the half-populated, half-ruined village of Verbicaro in Calabria, southern Italy, scored by Bird Radio, BIENNALE CINEMA Visit the Biennale cinema, designed by architects Manalo & White, at the Horsebridge Arts Centre for the duration of the festival, with films screened every day. Film Passes for the cinema are £15 (£10 concessions) for the whole festival, or £4 for a single film (£3 concessions). The weekend morning family films are free.
  12. 20 21 The Ghost Frequency (La Frequenza Fantasma) tells the story of a place suspended in time and space, where the memory of a mythical past and the present are inextricably intertwined. It is an investigation into the nature of collective and personal history, into the origin and preservation of memory. It is the story of the relationship between animate and inanimate matter, and of how this relationship turns into the motor and purpose of existence — a search for the sacred patterns of the quotidian within the rhythms of nature. What Means Something Ben Rivers (NC, 2015, UK, 66 mins) Sunday 5 June 20:00 What Means Something is a portrait of the painter Rose Wylie. Artist filmmaker Ben Rivers met Wylie a few years ago and the film is a meeting between two friends. Rivers writes “Much like when Rose begins a painting, making a filmic portrait is an open engagement; the exact form will reveal itself in the making. I began by visiting Rose repeatedly at her house in Kent, filming her in her studio, house and garden. The film grew from modest beginnings and became much longer than intended, mainly because I wanted to keep returning to see Rose. She gave me complete access to filming her painting — so there are long sequences simply watching this process, alongside more relaxed times reading, looking at sketchbooks, talking about painting and other things, looking at source material and sitting in her jungle-like garden.” Ain’t Got No Fear Mikhail Karikis (2016, UK, approx 15 mins) Monday 6 June 13:30 Mikhail Karikis’ practice emerges from his long-standing investigation of the voice as a material and a socio-political agent. He collaborates with communities connected to places of production to generate site-specific performances to camera which explore the role sound plays in creating a sense of collectivity, highlighting alternative modes of human existence, work and action. For his new film Mikhail Karikis worked for almost a year with teenage boys from the Isle of Grain — a stark and sparsely populated Kentish marshland dominated by industry, military ruins and rare wetland birds. Centred around the boys’ performance of a collaboratively composed rap song, that is also a rackety reclaiming of a local site where youth raves were recently shut down, the film presents the immense site as it is defined by childhood adventure, conjuring up secret hideaways and creating a form of spatial justice determined by the logic of play and friendship. Using as their beat the persistent crushing noises of the demolition of a neighbouring power plant, the boys of Grain rap about their lives presenting glimpses of teenage diaries, spanning their memories of being younger to their visions of the future. Dummy Jim Matt Hulse (PG, 2013, UK, 87 mins) Monday 6 June 15:00 Hulse worked for twelve years on this visual mix of documentary and fiction. A treat for the eyes and ears. Over fifty years ago, the deaf James Duthie (Dummy Jim) biked from his Scottish fishing village to the Arctic Circle and back again. When he got back home, he wrote down his experiences in the book I Cycled into the Arctic Circle, which he published himself. Years later, the mother of director Matt Hulse found this rarity and sent it to her son, who decided to film the eccentric story. Together with deaf actor and filmmaker Samuel Dore, Hulse set out on the long journey through northern Europe. Hulse mixed fictional and documentary elements into a virtuoso blend: unusual people in fictional Super 8 films, playful animated sequences and archive footage of the era in the countries traversed. Back to the present, where the community gives the local hero a memorial and a gravestone. Hulse follows events closely, sketching a fascinating portrait of this small fishing community in the twenty-first century. Piercing Brightness Shezad Dawood (15, 2013, UK, 72 mins) Monday 6 June 17:30 Commissioned by In Certain Places, a public art project in Preston, this alien intelligence story by the acclaimed artist is in fact the result of several years of visits and interviews with local residents and organisations. As it happens, Preston has the highest rate of UFO sightings in England, was an early site of the Mormon Church in Europe, and has the fastest-growing Chinese population in the country. The film, which follows two extraterrestrials who land in Preston to round up the ‘Glorious 100’ they sent to Earth generations ago to observe our planet, concerns itself as much with otherness as with the otherworldly. Dawood used locals as extras and shot in abandoned and little-known parts of the town, casting Preston as a maker in its own uncanny portrait. Watermark Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky (PG, 2013, Canada, 92 mins) Monday 6 June 19:30 Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, marking their second collaboration after Manufactured Landscapes in 2006. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted — until it’s gone. Ain’t Got No Fear Mikhail Karikis (2016, UK, approx 15 mins) Tuesday 7 June 13:30 This is a repeat. See entry on Monday 6 June for details. I Could Read the Sky Nichola Bruce (15, 1999, UK, 86 mins) Tuesday 7 June 15:00 A film about music, madness memory, love and loss, and a haunting story of immigration, I Could Read the Sky is adapted from the photographic novel of the same name. It is the moving story of an old man living in a bedsit in London, remembering his life growing up on the west coast of Ireland, and his journey to London. The film unravels the strange twisting drama of a working man’s life. It moves from a decaying rural past to a vividly modern present, driven by a dynamic music soundtrack that draws from both, and a simple flowing lyrical storytelling. The film gets to the essence of how we remember, from behind closed eyes, with its abstractions of light and form and sudden moments of precise clarity, taking us on an inward, visually extraordinary labyrinthine journey to the film’s end. It stars the acclaimed late Irish writer Dermot Healy. Gifts Nichola Bruce (NC, 2016, UK, 70 mins) Special preview Tuesday 7 June 20:00 Gifts, a ten year project (2005–2015) was made with the gift economy (i.e. no exchange of money) by artist Clare Whistler about eight gifts that were traditionally given to a new child — Egg for Life, Coal for Heat, Evergreen for Eternity, Salt for Health, Candle for Light, Bread for Food, Coin for Wealth and a Silver Ring for Love throughout Life. Made in collaboration with other artists, these ‘gifts’ were offered and received in intimate, invited events in unusual locations. Nichola Bruce has interpreted the film footage of the eight events shot over the years by different filmmakers. The weather, gestures, places and the participants combine in a strange series of journeys unearthing what these objects, offered as a gift, may hold. Clare Whistler has also created a book, Gifts, a record of the Gift Project alongside essays about gifts, ritual, utopian ideals and the gift economy. The film was financed by Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Nichola Bruce and Clare Whistler. Clare Whistler makes work across all art forms. With a background in movement and work in opera and performance she responds, interprets and collaborates with people, places and the elemental. Nichola Bruce works with moving image.
  13. 22 Ain’t Got No Fear Mikhail Karikis (2016, UK, approx 15 mins) Wednesday 8 June 13:30 This is a repeat. See entry on Monday 6 June for details. Watermark Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky ( PG 2013, Canada, 92 mins). Wednesday 8 June 15:00 This is a repeat. See entry on Monday 6 June for details. Stories in the Dark screenings Wednesday 8 June 18:30 Selected by Ben Judd. A selection of works to accompany the exhibition Stories in the Dark, curated by Judd, at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury (until 19 June). The exhibition invited artists to respond to the magic lantern, the projection device invented in the seventeenth century which is often seen as a precursor to the cinema. Unlike the pre-recorded nature of cinema, with the magic lantern the creative act takes place live with the audience, encouraging a sense of participation. This one-off screening extends these concerns by staging historical and contemporary artworks involving projection, all of which engage the artist and/or audience in a performative act. Guy Sherwin presents Hand/Shutter (2016), combining analogue and digital technologies in live performance, thereby reflecting on two ages of technology and two ages of the artist/performer. Tony Hill performs Point Source (1973–2016); a small bright light is the projector, several objects are the film and the whole room is the screen. Sally Golding’s Data Slide (2016) is a live set relating to the magic lantern in which she considers the act of performance — conjuring and tricks of perception. In Anthony McCall’s Line Describing a Cone (1973) the conventional primacy of the screen is completely abandoned in favour of the primacy of the projection event; a screen is not even mandatory. All This Can Happen Siobhan Davies & David Hinton (NC, 2012, UK, 48 mins) Wednesday 8 June 20:00 All This Can Happen is constructed entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of cinema. Based on Robert Walser’s novella The Walk (1917), the film follows the footsteps of the protagonist as series of small adventures and chance encounters take the walker from idiosyncratic observations of ordinary events towards a deeper pondering on the comedy, heartbreak and ceaseless variety of life. A flickering dance of intriguing imagery brings to light the possibilities of ordinary movements from the everyday which appear, evolve and freeze before your eyes. Juxtapositions, different speeds and split frame techniques convey the walker’s state of mind as he encounters a world of hilarity, despair and ceaseless variety. Following the 20:00 screening there will be a Q&A with Siobhan Davies. Siobhan Davies is one of the most innovative, and imaginatively expansive choreographers at work today. In the words of Sanjoy Roy, “Siobhan Davies believes in dance. She believes that it is an art in its own right, one that is as articulate, expressive and as productive as music, or drama, or visual art. She believes that it can be as intellectual as it is sensual, that it can be both technical and emotional, metaphorical as well as immediate.” Ain’t Got No Fear Mikhail Karikis (2016, UK, approx 15 mins) Thursday 9 June 13:30 This is a repeat. See entry on Monday 6 June for details. All This Can Happen Siobhan Davies and David Hinton (NC, 2012, UK, 48 mins) Thursday 9 June 15:00 This is a repeat. See entry on Wednesday 8 June for details. Ben Rivers, What Means Something, film still, 2015,
  14. 24 25 Dummy Jim Matt Hulse (PG, 2013, UK, 87 mins) Thursday 9 June 20:00 Hulse worked for twelve years on this visual mix of documentary and fiction. A treat for the eyes and ears. Over fifty years ago, the deaf James Duthie (Dummy Jim) biked from his Scottish fishing village to the Arctic Circle and back again. When he got back home, he wrote down his experiences in the book I Cycled into the Arctic Circle, which he published himself. Years later, the mother of director Matt Hulse found this rarity and sent it to her son, who decided to film the eccentric story. Together with deaf actor and filmmaker Samuel Dore, Hulse set out on the long journey through northern Europe. Hulse mixed fictional and documentary elements into a virtuoso blend: unusual people in fictional Super 8 films, playful animated sequences and archive footage of the era in the countries traversed. Back to the present, where the community gives the local hero a memorial and a gravestone. Hulse follows events closely, sketching a fascinating portrait of this small fishing community in the twenty-first century. Ain’t Got No Fear Mikhail Karikis (2016, UK, approx 15 mins) Friday 10 June 13:30 This is a repeat. See entry on Monday 6 June for details. Taskafa (Stories of the Street) Andrea Luka Zimmerman (PG, 2013, UK / Turkey, 66 mins) Friday 10 June 15:00 Taskafa is an artist’s essay film, voiced by John Berger, about memory and the most necessary forms of belonging, both to a place and to history, through a search for the role played in the city by Istanbul’s street dogs and their relationship to its human populations. Through this exploration, the film opens a window on the contested relationship between power and the public, community and categorisation (in location and identity), and the ongoing struggle / resistance against a single way of seeing and being. Despite several major attempts by Istanbul’s rulers, politicians and planners over the last four hundred years to erase them, the city’s street dogs have persisted thanks to an enduring alliance with widespread civilian communities, which recognise and defend their right to co-exist. Andrea Luka Zimmerman is a filmmaker, artist and educator. Andrea grew up in the largest council estate in Munich and left school at sixteen to become a hairdresser. After coming to London in 1991, she went to Central St. Martins College of Art. She won the 2014 Artangel Open award for her collaborative project Cycle (2017) with Adrian Jackson (of Cardboard Citizens). Estate, a Reverie Andrea Luka Zimmerman (12A, 2015, UK, 83 mins) Friday 10 June 19:30 “Andrea Zimmerman’s extraordinary film, which documents the last days of a Hackney housing estate, is both profound and original. Having herself lived on the estate for many years, her tender portrait exhibits deep feelings of community and solidarity — sentiments almost entirely missing from our contemporary political vocabulary. She has given Hackney back, at last, some of its wayward heart.” — Ken Worpole Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography... Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Zarafa Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie (PG) (2012, France / Belgium, 78 mins) Saturday 11 June 09:00 For details see Family section. Concurrence Doffy Weir and Dave Draper (NC, 2016, 45 mins) World Premiere Saturday 11 June 13:00 This is a repeat. See entry on Saturday 5th June for details. Asylum Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair (NC, 2000, UK, 58 mins) Saturday 11 June 19:30 With this work, Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair have taken television to the next level... it will either have viewers hammering at their sets and wondering if there’s an electrical storm in their neighbourhood, or scratching their heads at the labyrinthine pseudo-sci-fi narrative. Describing itself as a film about exile, memory, madness, Asylum is the third collaboration between the British filmmaker-writer Chris Petit and the novelist, essayist and poet Iain Sinclair. Continuing their exploration of marginalised cultural figures, the duo has extended the distressed, multi-media textures of their previous collaboration, The Falconer (1998), to create a piece that, while conceived for British TV, pushes at the limits of what television currently deems to be aesthetically acceptable. Not for nothing does the film carry the subtitle The Final Commission. (Chris Darke). Seafarers Jason Massot (NC, 2004, UK, 78 mins) Saturday 11 June 21:00 For then first-timer Jason Massot, the impulse to make this poignant feature-length examination on the solitary, transient lives of merchant seamen was a desire to examine male solitude and transience. His self-funded DV documentary follows four seamen (a Swede, a Croat, a Polynesian and a Nigerian) as they wait in Rotterdam, the world’s largest port, to return to the sea. While each finds himself there for a different reason, all share a world and profession that exerts enormous emotional, relational and economic pressures on them. On the cutting edge of globalisation, with their wages forever in danger of being slashed, they exist in a limbo of often deep loss, be it of home, family, female contact, or even identity. Massot watches quietly as they wait to move on, building the film distinctively from the ‘downtime’ rhythms of the mariners’ days and circling thoughts. It’s effectively accompanied by the guitar of Will Oldham, his ambient acoustic score giving a melancholy music to the echoing halls and empty reaches of the docks and ‘placeless’ industrial zones. Le Petit Nicolas Laurent Tirard (PG, 2009, Belgium / France, 91 mins) Sunday 12 June 09:00 For details see Family section. What Means Something Ben Rivers (NC, 2015, UK, 66 mins) Sunday 12 June 14:00 This is a repeat. See entry on Sunday 5 June, 20:00 for details. Unseen: the Lives of Looking Dryden Goodwin (NC, 2015, UK, 90 mins) Sunday 12 June 20:00 Unseen focuses on four individuals who have extraordinary relationships to looking, mixing Goodwin’s closely observed drawings with live-action and an intricate soundtrack. Featuring an eye surgeon, a NASA planetary explorer, a human rights lawyer and Goodwin himself, the film presents a variety of perspectives, ranging from the minute details of surgery to panoramic expanses of space. It considers the physical act of looking, the tools we use to perceive the world around us and how these relate to our identities. “A film that channels a powerful sense of humanity. Enigmatic, sumptuously produced portraits that feel truer and more revealing than a biographical tome”, Apollo Magazine. Unseen, The Lives of Looking was supported by an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust, alongside funding from Royal Museums Greenwich, Arts Council England and Red Bee Media.
  15. 27 Rebecca Solnit The Faraway Nearby: A Complete Reading 4–12 June Starting at 10:00 every day for approx one hour except Thur and Fri starts at 11:00 The Long Table café, ground floor Horsebridge Arts Centre The wondrous book by one of contemporary non-fiction’s finest exponents takes its title from the correspondence sign-off by artist Georgia O’Keefe. Both now give us our festival theme. Join us daily for an hour as we read the whole volume out loud in a spirit of sharing and community. “Gifts come in many guises. One summer, Rebecca Solnit was bequeathed three boxes of ripening apricots, which lay, mountainous, on her bedroom floor — a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories spun like those of Scheherazade, who used her gifts as a storyteller to change her fate and her listener’s heart. As she looks back on the year of apricots and emergencies, Solnit weaves her own story into fairytales and the lives of others — the Marquis de Sade, Mary Shelley and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. She tells of unexpected invitations and adventures, from a library of water in Iceland to the depths of the Grand Canyon. She tells of doctors and explorers, monsters and moths. She tells of warmth and coldness, of making art and re-making the self.” (from Granta Publishers). Rebecca Solnit is author of, among many other books, Wanderlust, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, the award-winning River of Shadows and A Paradise Built In Hell. A contributing editor to Harper’s, she writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in San Francisco. Free. Sign up in advance to read, by going to the Rebecca Solnit The Faraway Nearby page on our website, or email Alice Butler Sunday 5 June, 17:00–18:00 The Long Table café, ground floor Horsebridge Arts Centre Alice Butler will give readings from the Fan Letters of Love chapbooks. Copies of the booklets will be available. Free. In conversation Rose Wylie and Skye Sherwin Sunday 5 June 18:00–19:00 Biennale cinema, Horsebridge Arts Centre Acclaimed painter Rose Wylie takes a keen interest in cinema, and references from film spill into her work. In this ‘in conversation’, Wylie talks to art writer and Guardian critic Skye Sherwin about painting, film, and being the subject of artist filmmaker Ben Rivers’ film portrait, What Means Something. Booking essential, please see the Rose Wylie and Skye Sherwin page on our website for more details or call 01227 281174. Tickets £5 (£4 concessions). Following the talk, there will be a screening of Ben Rivers’ What Means Something, see Biennale cinema listings for more details. The Faraway Nearby Pub Quiz Sunday 5 June 19:00–20:30 The New Inn pub Artist Sadie Hennessy hosts the Whitstable Biennale Quiz. Be assured that good general knowledge, facts about current affairs and an encyclopaedic insight into sporting fixtures won’t help you one little bit with this, the Faraway Nearby Quiz! Hennessy is a Whitstable-based artist with an MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins. Her work aims to scratch away the veneer of everyday normality to find the darkness underneath. She is particularly known for her Suicide Bridges. Her Satellite project for the last Biennale was My First Tattoo, a tattoo parlour for children, which caused a media stir in Britain and abroad. Free entry (buy your own drinks!). Space is limited so arrive early. Rosa Ainley and Stephen Beasley Answers on a postcard please Wednesday 8 June 15:00–16:00 The Long Table café, ground floor Horsebridge Arts Centre Answers on a postcard is a new work by Whitstable writer Rosa Ainley that launches a period of thinking about cultural space in Whitstable. Join Rosa Ainley and Stephen Beasley from Manalo & White architects, who will talk about TALKS, READINGS AND CONVERSATIONS
  16. 28 29 architecture and spaces, how architects and writers can work with users of buildings and ways of getting people talking about how we use buildings. Rosa Ainley is a writer and text-based artist with a background in architecture and photography. Her published work ranges from the short story to non/fiction to journalism and includes edited collections, guide books and spoken word sound installations. Manalo & White (M&W) are a studio of architects with a reputation for delivering imaginative solutions, with experience of working closely with arts organisations to transform existing buildings, including Focal Point Gallery in Southend. Free. Book Club of Book Clubs Wednesday 8 June 18:00–20:00 The Long Table café, ground floor Horsebridge Arts Centre Calling all local book clubs! (And those of you thinking of joining one.) A special Whitstable Biennale event to discuss the book that inspired this year’s festival title, The Faraway Nearby by celebrated American writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit. This poignant book looks at how we construct stories, and are in turn constructed by stories, through her personal accounts of death, illness and travel. Free, booking advised or turn up on the day (limited places), see the Book Club of Book Clubs page on our website for more details or call 01227 281174. In partnership with Whitlit. In Conversation Olivia Laing & Brian Dillon Thursday 9 June 18:00–19:30 Cinema Two acclaimed non-fiction writers (and art critics) Olivia Laing and Brian Dillon discuss their latest books, both of which resonate with the Biennale’s title The Faraway Nearby. Laing’s The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Canongate) finds an unexpected connection between loneliness and art, drawing on a difficult episode living in New York; while Kent-based Dillon’s The Great Explosion: Gunpowder, the Great War, and a Disaster on the Kent Marshes (Penguin Books) is a highly personal study of a traumatic, but now mostly forgotten event, that took place in the remote and enigmatic marshlands near Faversham. Free but booking advisable. See the Olivia Laing and Brian Dillon page on our website for more details or call 01227 281174. Afternoon tea with curators and artists Friday 10 June 16:00–17:00 The Long Table café, ground floor Horsebridge Arts Centre Meet the artists and curators. Join us for an informal conversation between Biennale curators and artists over afternoon tea at the Biennale’s own pop-up café. Free. Complimentary afternoon tea and cake will be served. Mean, Mode, Medium Trish Scott & Ian Hocking Friday 10 June 17:00–18:00 Cinema Trish Scott makes videos, performances and events which explore the production and authorship of cultural knowledge. Ian Hocking is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology, where he researches creativity. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences in Europe and the United States. Additionally, he has maintained a parallel career as a writer of fiction. His debut novel, Deja Vu, was awarded the Red Adept Award for Science Fiction in 2011. In July 2015 Scott agreed to become research subject for Dr Ian Hocking and have her creativity studied as she developed an artwork for the Biennale. In this performance lecture Scott and Hocking use the statistical method of sampling to share the story of their collaboration: a story of an artist and scientist locked in a process of mutual observation; each looking to test and articulate the reality of the other as an artwork takes shape. In a creative journey engaging with psychology, sci-fi and psychics the audience present on the day will shape the narrative course of the talk. Free. Supported by Canterbury Christ Church University. Jeremy Brooker and Richard Navarro, Lamplighters, 2016, photograph Matthew de Pulford at Stories in the Dark, curated by Ben Judd
  17. 31 David Seabrook Reading All the Devils Are Here A Celebration and Reading of the Entire Work Saturday 11 June 11:00 until we finish reading the book, approx 19:00 Whitstable Museum Courtyard Join writer Iain Sinclair, poet Simon Smith and filmmaker Paul Tickell in a celebration of the life and work of Kent writer David Seabrook, and a day-long, continuous shared reading of his singular study of the county. In his distinctive 2002 work, the late David Seabrook (1960–2009) takes the reader on a deranged exploration of the coast towns of Thanet and the Medway. “Seabrook lives in the county; from the autobiographical glimpses he provides, he seems to have done so all his life. However, his book is only fleetingly interested in modern Kent, that bruised thumb of land with its asylum-seekers and troubled resorts. His contemporary descriptions are spare and vivid — a seafront bench is painted ‘ketchup red’ — but they are mainly context for a deeper project. Seabrook takes four famously unsettling works of literature — The Waste Land by TS Eliot, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Dickens, Robin Maugham’s The Servant and John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps — and attempts to expose their origins in real Kentish places and past events.” (Andy Beckett, from The Guardian). Free to attend — come at any point during the day to listen. Sign up in advance to read — go to the David Seabrook Reading page on our website, or email — there will also be a limited number of slots available if you just turn up on the day. On the Edge Ali Smith and Sarah Wood Saturday 11 June 14:00–15:30 Playhouse Theatre Sarah Wood is an artist filmmaker. She works with the found object, particularly the still and moving image, as an act of reclamation and re-interrogation. AliSmith(CBE)isaScottishwriterbasedinCambridge. She is the author of seven novels, two plays and several collections of short stories. In 2013 she collaborated with her partner Sarah Wood on Shire, an illustrated collection of short stories. Her novel How to be Both (2014) was awarded the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel award. Here we are in Whitstable, on the edge of England, on the edge of Europe. What does being on the edge mean? What are the creative possibilities of the precarious and the liminal? In a dialogue focusing on all the things that edge can mean, and a discussion of their recent projects, the artful Ali Smith and the filmic Sarah Wood conjure the possibilities. Booking advisable, tickets can be purchased from the Playhouse Theatre box office, open from Monday to Saturday 10:00–12:00 (telephone 01227 272042), or via the Playhouse online booking system ( booking). Tickets £8 (£6 concessions). Please note wheelchair access is limited — contact the venue for details. The Playhouse Whitstable is owned and administered by the Lindley Players Ltd. Philip Hoare The Sea Inside In presentation and conversation Sunday 12 June 16:00–17:00 Cinema Philip Hoare is one of the UK’s greatest writers of creativenon-fictionandperhapsourmostpassionate advocate of marine ecology and culture, especially regarding the cetacaean (whales). His most recent book is The Sea Inside: “The sea surrounds us. It gives us life, provides us with the air we breathe and the food we eat. It is where we came from, and it carries our commerce. It represents home and migration, ceaseless change and constant presence. It covers two-thirds of our planet. Yet caught up in our everyday lives, we seem to ignore it, and what it means”. In The Sea Inside, Philip Hoare sets out to rediscover the sea, its islands, birds and beasts. Navigating between human and natural history, between science and myth, he asks what their stories mean for us now, in the twenty-first century, when the sea has never been so important to our present, as well as to our past and future. Philip will be joined by artist filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland. Together they are making a new installation work about the whale for Utopia 2016 at Somerset House this summer. Philip Hoare is the author of six works of non-fiction, including Leviathan or, The Whale (2008), which won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. Hoare wrote and presented the BBC Arena film The Hunt for Moby-Dick. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton. Booking essential, please see the Philip Hoare page on our website for more details or call 01227 281174. Tickets £5 (£4 concessions). David Herd Through Sunday 12 June 17:15–18:00 Cinema, Horsebridge Arts Centre David Herd will be reading from Through, his latest book of poetry published this April. The poems resume Herd’s inquiry into the language of public spaceandaddressesthewaysinwhichcontemporary public language has been rendered officially hostile. Considering the risks that such official hostility poses to human intimacy, Through sets out to register broken affections, and to re-explore possibilities of solidarity and trust. Countering the enclosures of public discourse, the poems embrace instead ‘a language in transition’, one in which meaning is multiple, ‘echoing into place a genuine and subsisting relationship’. Herd has given readings and lectures all over the world and his poems, essays and reviews have been widely published in magazines, journals and newspapers. He is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Kent and a co-organiser of Refugee Tales. Free. Webb-Ellis, Parlor Walls, Video still, 2016
  18. 33 Hear what you eat With Matthew Herbert Sunday 12 June 18:00–21:30 Join us for a very special event on the last day of the Biennale. Whitstable based musician and composer Matthew Herbert is writing a book titled The Music (published by Unbound, in partnership with Whitstable Biennale, 2017), about the formidable and profound revolution in music that is “somewhere buried in the last 100 years between the invention of the microphone, the tape machine, the sampler and the computer. Why use a violin when you can use the sound of a packet of crisps? Why use a packet of crisps when you can use the sound of the explosion of a bomb in Libya?” The book is a kind of manifesto for sound that makes this shift explicit. A key chapter of the book focuses on food. “The sound of crushing of garlic under a thick knife in the kitchen of a caravan in a single, loud, curt, dry bang is immediately followed by a snipping off the end of a small plastic tube of liver pate on a beach. a repeated regular stabbing with a fork of the plastic cover to a ready meal by a nurse on a night shift follows and on the last of the punctures, and exactly in time, a mechanic slips and accidentally bangs a wrench against a large empty copper vat at the heineken factory in amsterdam. it makes a big, echoey, metallic clang which we listen to die away beneath the road noise. a cargo aeroplane is overhead.” The dinner grows out of this chapter. It will be a unique evening f readings, recording and listening, as well as delicious food and drink. A limited edition copy of the chapter, specially designed by An Endless Supply, will be given to each diner. Booking is required, and places are limited. Tickets are £40 (plus booking fee). For more information and to book a place at the dinner, see the Matthew Herbert page on our website, email us at info@ or call 01843 596194. Matthew Herbert is a pioneering and accomplished musician, artist, producer and writer whose range of innovative works extends from numerous albums (including the much- celebrated Bodily Functions) to Ivor Novello nominated film scores (Life in a Day) as well as music for the theatre, Broadway, TV, games and radio. He has performed solo, as a DJ, and with a wide range of musicians including his own 18 piece big band all round the world from the Sydney opera house, to the Hollywood Bowl and created installations, plays and opera. The dinner will be held in a special temporary cafe, The Long Table, a collaboration between Matthew Herbert, chef Rosie Sykes and Whitstable Biennale, on the ground floor of the Horsebridge Arts Centre. The cafe will be open every day of the festival, serving light breakfasts and lunches and all sorts of other treats from 10:00–16:30, working with local farmers to produce a menu focussed on the wonderful vegetables to be found at this time of year. Rosie Sykes is a Guardian food writer and author of The Kitchen Revolution and the forthcoming Sunday Evening Book. She has worked in many of the UK’s most celebrated restaurants, set up the critically acclaimed Sutton Arms in Smithfield, and is development chef for the award-winning The Pint Shop. Sykes has collaborated with Matthew Herbert for many live performances including One Pig, which documented a pig’s life from birth to plate, taking a critical look at the meat industry. The event will finish in good time for visitors to catch the last direct train to London St. Pancras (21:50),LondonVictoria(23:09)orRamsgate(23:06). THE LONG TABLE CAFÉ, AND SPECIAL BIENNALE DINNER ON 12 JUNE
  19. 35 WALKS BIENNALE WALKING TOURS Take a tour of the Biennale with one of our expert guides. Our weekend tours help visitors navigate the festival, visiting the key venues and dropping into some of the time-based events, according to the day’s schedule. All walks start from (and finish) at the Horsebridge Arts Centre. Booking is advisable as places are limited, but a few places will be available for walk-ins. Please see the relevant project pages at for more details, or call 01227 281174. The walking tours are free. WEEKDAY THEMATIC WALKS Weekday tours are free-flowing and family friendly, combining visits to the 2016 festival artworks with fascinating, thematic tours of Whitstable. All walks start from (and finish) at the Horsebridge Arts Centre. Booking is advisable as places are limited, but a few places will be available for walk-ins each day. Please see the relevant project pages at for more details, or call 01227 281174. The walks are free. Smellwalk with Kate McLean Monday 6 June 14:00–16:00 Unlike the eyes, we can’t close our noses. We breathe 24,000 times a day immersed in smells, but only paying occasional attention. Smellwalking — walking ‘nose-first’ — proposes a new knowledge of place — what can we learn about Whitstable from the way it smells? Leave your assumptions and embarrassment at home — this sniffing activity is always surprising and attracts curiosity from onlookers! Led by Kate McLean, artist, designer and smellscape mapper, currently Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Canterbury Christ Church University. In partnership with FRANK. History Tour with Kerry Mayo Tuesday 7 June 14:00–16:00 Whether you’re a long-term resident or recent fan of Whitstable, this walk will take you on a journey through the streets of the town as well as back through the years. By comparing images from last century with how the town looks now, Kerry Mayo will describe the changes that can be seen and the history that lies behind them. Mayo is a local writer and photographer whose book, Whitstable Through Time, was published in 2014. A long-standing member of the Whitstable Women Writers writing group, Mayo took part in the 2015 Whitstable Literary festival. Wild Walk Tuesday 7 June 18:00–20:00 We often take our local natural environment for granted, imagining a more exciting landscape, more interesting wildlife elsewhere. Join us on a (leisurely!) Wild Walk from the Horsebridge Arts Centre towards Seasalter to discover more about Whitstable’s natural history and wildlife, expertly led by the Saturday 4 June 14:00–16:00 JJ Charlesworth, art critic and publisher of ArtReview magazine. Sunday 5 June 14:00–16:00 Alexandra White, independent curator based in London and Los Angeles. Saturday 11 June 14:00–16:00 Jennifer Thatcher, public programmes curator and freelance art critic, including for Art Monthly and ARTnews. Sunday 12 June 14:00–16:00 Skye Sherwin, freelance art writer and regular contributor to The Guardian, who teaches art and culture journalism at City University. Kent Wildlife Trust. A registered charity founded in 1958, the Trust is the leading conservation organisation covering Kent and Medway, and is dedicated to protecting wildlife and their habitats for everyone to enjoy. Free. All ages. Dogs on leads welcome. Art Critic’s Tour with Oliver Basciano Wednesday 8 June 14:00–16:00 Come and hear an art critic’s take on the Biennale, maybe picking up some writing tips along the way. Oliver Basciano is an art critic based in London. Since 2009 he has worked at ArtReview where he is now Editor (International). He also regularly writes for The Guardian and Spike Art Quarterly and has contributed texts to various artists’ monographs. Birdwalk with Andy Malone Thursday 9 June 14:00–16:00 Explore Whitstable from the perspective of birds — those that are resident, the summer and winter visitors, and those that migrate through the town. Over 200 species have been recorded in and around Whitstable. Andy Malone is an artist, naturalist, lecturer and Chair of the Whitstable Biennale. Foodie Tour with Emma Wilcox Friday 10 June 14:00–16:00 Explore the Biennale from the perspective of an avid food lover. Benefiting as it does from the working harbour, ancient oyster beds and its place in the ‘Garden of England’, Whitstable has a well-earned reputation for its food and drink. Emma Wilcox is a creative producer, arts manager and glutton who has established a pop-up supperclub in Faversham that celebrates that all is great about Kentish food and drink. She is always keen to share her love for food. Emma has contributed Phaidon’s new publication Where to Eat Pizza. Sally O’Reilly, Guided Walk, Whitstable Biennale 2006, photograph Simon Steven
  20. 37 plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale. He’s one of contemporary cinema’s great animators, and this tremendous addition to his catalogue has pleasures for children and adults alike. Zarafa Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie (PG, 2012, France / Belgium, 78 mins) Saturday 11 June 09:00 Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the undying friendship between Maki, a child aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, who was sent as a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X. Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land — even if it means risking his life. During a long journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, and a pair of unusual cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate Bouboulina. (Children’s Cinema Club) Le Petit Nicolas Laurent Tirard (PG, 2009, Belgium / France, 91 mins) Sunday 12 June 09:00 This dark, slightly absurdist comedy from France topped the French box office in 2009, becoming a local phenomenon. It is narrated by Nicolas (Maxime Godart), an eight-year-old boy supremely happy with his loving, doting parents and a colorful group of friends. It seems that life couldn’t possibly improve — until Nicolas eavesdrops on his folks and surmises that his mother is pregnant. Horrified, he envisions a scenario where a new baby brother arrives and crowds him out of the house, leaving his parents with no time to care for him. Nicolas and his friends then cook up a series of wild schemes to dispose of the baby. (Nathan Southern) All ages are welcome at our whole programme, except where age restrictions are marked. This section lists events aimed particularly at children. All family events are free. conquer, think and create. Led by Angela Bonner and Bonnie Grainger, a duo who met through their love of dance, good tunes and good fun. Grainger runs storytelling workshops with Imagination, and Bonner runs dance and music workshops for babies and toddlers across Kent with Bopshop and Animalphabets. Free. First come, first served as limited space. Suitable for ages 3–7 (accompanied by an adult). FAMILY FILMS IN THE FESTIVAL CINEMA Horsebridge Arts Centre Our family films are free. No booking necessary, first come first served. The films are rated PG, and under 12s need to be accompanied by an adult. A Cat in Paris Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol (PG, 2010, France / Belgium, 70 mins) Saturday 4 June 11:30 There’s a cat burglar in this gorgeously rendered animated feature... There is also a cat, Dino, who leads a double life: By day, he curls up, purring, alongside little Zoe, who lives with her mother in a sun-speckled apartment. But when darkness falls, the frisky feline leaps from the window, dances across a long wall, and heads for the attic garret of Nico, an acrobatic thief. Together, the cat and the cat burglar make off with cash, jewels, art. The animators use color and line exquisitely and the story is engaging and exciting, a caper that appeals to both children and adults. Chases and abductions, a visit to the zoo, and a climactic face-off amid the gargoyles and towering spires of the cathedral of Notre Dame ensue. A Cat in Paris is thrilling, and a thrilling example of traditional ink and paint cartooning. (Steven Rea) Tales of the Night Michel Ocelot (PG, 2011, France, 84 mins) Sunday 5 June 11:00 Tales of the Night, a hit at the Berlin Film Festival, extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot’s work, with black silhouetted characters set off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African FAMILY Art Crèche Saturday 4 June & Sunday 5 June, 14:00–17:00 Horsebridge Arts Centre Wriggly child, who doesn’t love art as much as you? No problem. Drop them off at the Biennale’s professionally run pop-up crèche, and we’ll look after them while you take a walking tour, watch a screening or just wander around the artworks. Lots of toys and activities will be provided for all ages, from babies up to 12 years old. There are a limited 20 places for each of the two dates, so do book early (by 1 June latest). Run by local company, Kent Crèches, who follow Ofsted guidelines, and use qualified and experienced staff. Free but booking essential, please see the Art Crèche page on our website for more details or call 01227 281174. A Whitstable Story Map Saturday 11 June 11:00–13:00 Horsebridge Arts Centre We need your help to create a story map of Whitstable! We want to hear all about your favourite things: places to go and places to hide, favourite things to eat, taste, smell or listen to, and your memories of Whitstable or your stories to tell. We even want to hear the things you don’t like! What makes you love Whitstable and all things local? Come and add your drawings and words to our Whitstable Story Map. This workshop is run by Suki Hayes-Watkins and Karen Radford from The Print Block, a screen-printing studio based on The East Quay, Whitstable. All ages welcome, just drop in. Story Boppers Sunday 12 June, 11:00–13:00 Horsebridge Arts Centre Let’s go on a map adventure! Come on a journey with us to different lands using your imagination. Visit the country of kindness, of courageousness and of silliness. With an original story, a bag of props, good humour, music and cool dance to Jeremy Deller, Sacrilege, Whitstable Biennale 2012, photograph Matt Wilson
  21. 38 39 SATELLITE The Satellite Programme provides an open platform to artists wanting to exhibit work alongside our main programme. This non-selected, non-curated programme reflects the diverse artistic practices across Kent and beyond, and gives artists the opportunity to experiment and test new works with audiences. Approximately 50 Satellite projects involving around 70 artists can be seen in Whitstable over the course of the festival. For further details about the the artists taking part and the schedule, pick up a brochure at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, or visit the Whitstable Biennale website. SATELLITE & OFFSITE OFFSITE Ben Judd Stories in the Dark: Contemporary Responses to the Magic Lantern 19 March–19 June Every day 09:00–17:00 except Thursday closes at 19:00 and Sunday opens at 10:00. Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, 18 High Street, Canterbury, CT1 2RA Artists: Jordan Baseman, Adam Chodzko, Benedict Drew, Louisa Fairclough, Dryden Goodwin, Haroon Mirza, Lindsay Seers, and Guy Sherwin. This exhibition focuses on the magic lantern, a projection device invented in the twentieth century which is often seen as a precursor to the cinema. Historically, magic lantern shows were the first time people saw projected moving images, and were used for storytelling, education, and entertainment. In profound contrast to our digital age in which the technology is largely incomprehensible, the magic lantern’s relatively simple analogue mechanisms and projected images paradoxically allow a sense of wonder, in which the viewer suspends disbelief and engages their imagination. Unlike the pre-recorded nature of cinema, the creative act takes place live with the audience, encouraging participation. Stories in the Dark brings together contemporary international artists who are responding to the medium in the Beaney Museum’s special exhibitions gallery. Work is also embedded within the unique permanent collections, which provide an ideal context for this work. The Victorian museum’s obsession with collecting and categorising objects from around the world can be seen reflected in the lantern’s use as a tool for bringing the distant, often ‘exotic’ and unseen world into close contact with the public. It is this relationship between the distant and the near, between the unknown and the known, that lies at the heart of the exhibition. The exhibition is a co-commission between The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and Whitstable Biennale, and continues until 19 June. Silke Panse and Connal Parsley Ethics, Art and Moving Images 3 June 09:30–19:30 Cragg Lecture Theatre, University for the Creative Arts, New Dover Road, Canterbury CT1 3AN Speakers: Jon Kear, Connal Parsley, Nicolas Bourriaud, Mike Marshall, Silke Panse, Mikhail Lylov, Oren Ben-Dor, Elke Marhöfer, Fiona MacDonald, Phillip Warnell and Anat Pick. The day before the festival officially opens this transdisciplinary symposium explores how ethics can figure eminently in the generation of art and images after modernism and postmodernism, starting from the premise that in the Anthropocene, the work cannot rest upon its separation from the world. The symposium asks what ethics are at play in the relations between the human artist, the art, and human and non-human models or participants. Art theorists and practitioners as well as legal studies scholars will probe the role of art and moving images in the creation of ethical relations through new materialist, eco-political and posthuman thought and practice. The symposium is organized by Silke Panse and Connal Parsley in a collaboration between the University for the Creative Arts, the Centre for Critical Thought at Kent Law School (University of Kent) and Whitstable Biennale. Free but registration required. See the Silke Panse and Connal Parsley page on our website for more details. Edited by David Herd & Anna Pincus Refugee Tales (Book launch) The Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB 7 June 17:00–19:00 Refugee Tales is edited by David Herd and Anna Pincus, and features David Herd, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Avaes Mohammad, Marina Lewycka, Dragan Todorovic, Michael Zand, Carol Watts, Ali Smith, Stephen Collis, Inua Ellams, Hubert Moore, Patience Agbabi, Jade Amoli-Jackson & Chris Cleave. Two unaccompanied children travel across the Mediterranean in an overcrowded boat that has been designed to only make it halfway across… A 63-year-old man is woken one morning by border officers’ acting on a tip-off and suddenly cast into the detention system with no obvious means of escape… An orphan whose entire life has been spent in slavery – first on a Ghanaian farm, then as a victim of trafficking – writes to the Home Office for help, only to be rewarded with a jail sentence and indefinite detention… These are not fictions. Nor are they testimonies from some distant, brutal past, but the frighteningly common experiences of Europe’s new underclass — its refugees. While those with ‘citizenship’ enjoy basic human rights (like the right not to be detained without charge for more than 14 days), people seeking asylum can be suspended for years in Kafka-esque uncertainty. Here, poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain’s policy of indefinite immigration detention. Presenting their experiences anonymously, as modern day counterparts to the pilgrims’ stories in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, this book offers rare, intimate glimpses into otherwise untold suffering. Free, no booking required.