A Sacred Demon Of Ungovernableness: Penda’s Fen (1974) and Folk Horror

The following is a transcript of the paper delivered at the Child Be Strange Conference at the British Film Institute, 10/06/2017 I want discuss Penda’s Fen today in a context which, for many, is now taken for granted but which is also not entirely agreed upon: the genre that the play sits within.  That genre context … Continue reading A Sacred Demon Of Ungovernableness: Penda’s Fen (1974) and Folk Horror

Dérives: Longplayer (New Cross to Trinity Buoy Wharf)

“Witness, for instance, the establishment of settled ‘alternative’ or ‘independent’ cultural zones, which endlessly repeat older gestures of rebellion and contestation as if for the first time." - Mark Fisher The Longplayer walk ghosts a route to be taken on the 21st of June for a day long walked festival of arts in celebration of … Continue reading Dérives: Longplayer (New Cross to Trinity Buoy Wharf)

Responses: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970)

Interest in Robert Smithson’s landwork, Spiral Jetty (1970), peaked for me recently when reading Geoff Dyer’s interesting collection of travel works, White Sands (2016).   Dyer described in his chapter, entitled Time in Space, his journey to the artwork and the delayed reaction in appreciating it; in fact most of White Sands deals with the delayed … Continue reading Responses: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970)

Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings

I've written extensively about Derek Jarman's short super-8 film, Journey To Avebury; one of his earliest experiments in film that channels so much of the genii loci of English landscapes, ubiquitous in the more interesting of English arts.  His walk through the Wiltshire landscape after the intense stint of work on the sets for Ken … Continue reading Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings