On Vanishing Land

On Vanishing Land: Mark Fisher and Justin Barton
The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London NW8 8PQ
6 February - 7 April 2013
Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12-6pm

Curated by The Otolith Collective, commissioned and produced in collaboration with The Showroom.

Performances by John Foxx and Raime: Thursday 7 March, 7pm (see www.theshowroom.org for booking).

Discussion with Mark Fisher, Justin Barton, The Otolith Collective, John Foxx, Frances Morgan, Elizabeth Walling (Gazelle Twin): Saturday 16 March, 3pm (free, no booking required).


The Otolith Collective and The Showroom present On Vanishing Land, a new work by British sound artists and theorists Mark Fisher and Justin Barton.

On Vanishing Land (2013) is a magisterial audio-essay that evokes a walk undertaken by the artists along the Suffolk coastline in 2005, from Felixstowe container port to the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo.

Fisher and Barton have conjured a new form of sonic fiction from the dreamings, gleamings and prefigurations that pervade the Suffolk coast. The work includes commissions from digital musicians, interviews and the reflections of the artists. Inspired by the cumulative force of the Eerie that animates this landscape, On Vanishing Land pursues oneiric affinities between the modernist reinvention of the ghost story in M.R. James' Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad (1904) and the atmospheric engineering of Brian Eno’s album On Land (1982). “Themes of incursion - by unnameable forces, geological sentience and temporal anomaly - recur throughout.” (Kodwo Eshun, The Otolith Collective, Curator, On Vanishing Land).

On Vanishing Land integrates new compositions by digital musicians Baron Mordant, Dolly Dolly, Ekoplekz, Farmers of Vega, Gazelle Twin, John Foxx, Pete Wiseman, Raime and Skjolbrot. For the installation at The Showroom it will be accompanied by an untitled sequence of wide range of visual references, produced in collaboration with artist Andy Sharp (English Heretic).

Events accompanying the exhibition include a performance on 7 March by John Foxx of pieces from Electricity And Ghosts with films by John Foxx and Karborn, and bespoke live responses to On Vanishing Land by Raime (guitar and electronics set). Tickets £12/£8 concessions. Visit www.theshowroom.org for booking.

On 16 March, Fisher and Barton, with The Otolith Collective, John Foxx, and Elizabeth Walling (Gazelle Twin), will discuss the contemporary cultural fascination with the illogic of the Eerie.

Finally, a conversation at Boathouse café on the River Deben, Suffolk between the artists and Andy Sharp (English Heretic) will discuss the reimagining of the M.R.James' ghost story by television directors Jonathan Miller and Lawrence Gordon Clark since the late 1960s (date to be announced).

On Vanishing Land (45 minutes) will be played from 12noon with each presentation followed by a 50 minute image sequence.


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