Scott King was joined in conversation by longtime friend and collaborator Jeremy Deller for a special event marking the final week of King’s solo exhibition Welcome to Saxnot at Studio Voltaire.
In Welcome To Saxnot, King proposed the new town of Saxnot as an invention of the fictional, Butlin’s inspired brand ‘Britlin’s’. Saxnot is built on an idealised memory of ‘how things used to be’. King has conjured up a fantasy of Britain’s past, taking the holiday camp as a template for a model society: implanting the ethos, planning, regimentation and fun of 1970s Butlin’s and from it building a model for a New Britain.
Presenting archival footage, images and recordings, King and Deller considered the dichotomies of the seemingly utopian 1970s holiday camps, in contrast to the socio-political realities of its heyday.
Jeremy Deller (b. 1966, London). His multi-faceted practice incorporates forms of social investigation and archival research, often celebrating British popular and vernacular culture. The artist represented Britain in the Venice Biennale in 2013 and won the Turner Prize in 2004. In 2016 Deller collaborated with Iggy Pop on a life drawing class. In 2017 he participated in Skulptur Projekte Münster. Deller is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Art Concept, Paris and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York.
Scott King (b. 1969, Goole) lives and works in London. King has exhibited his work internationally, with recent solo exhibitions including CRASH! presents A Better Britain II: Britlins, Reading: International, Reading, UK (two-person) (2017); Anish and Antony take Afghanistan, Herald St – Golden Sq, London (2015); Totem Motif, Bortolami, New York; De-Regeneration, Spacex, Exeter; Totem Motif, Between Bridges, Berlin (all 2014); Scott King & Richard Serra, curated by Dominic Molon, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2011); Temporary Eyesore(commissioned by the Architecture Foundation), Bankside, London; and Marxist Disco! Cancelled, Kunstverein Munich, Munich (both 2008).
Group exhibitions include Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno, New Museum, New York; True Faith, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester; The Critic as Artist, Reading International, Reading; UK, A Wheel: 21 Memorial Benches(special commission as part of No! Music festival), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (all 2017); Surrealism and Beyond, Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam (2016); Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening, Barbican Centre, London (2015); Regenerate Art, Kunstverein Munchen, Munich (2014); Intolerance / Normailty, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2012); and Maps Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London (2010). King is represented by Herald St, London and Bortolami, New York.