Including the screening of The Walk to Dover, a film by Spartacus Chetwynd
Spanky Chaffinche’s Film Festival: Dedicated people making a difference, is a film club organized by Spartacus Chetwynd and Studio Voltaire. The club aims to showcase a variety of feature films and documentaries in a social and discursive atmosphere. The programme will include live MCing/fan’s commentary throughout as well as fast-forwarding to the best bits and popcorn. This year there will be a special service–pinching and slapping–provided by girls to maintain ‘awake debate’.
3pm: Spanky Chaffinche presents
The Call of the Wild (2007), a film made with Zoe Brown for The One Mile Programme, The Collective Gallery + Les Maitres Fous (Jean Rouch, 1954) – both projected on 16mm + clips from Walkabout (Roeg 1971) and Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975) and if we have time… Turning (Diane Cilento).
4.30pm: Brian Moran
The Science Fiction of Dr. John C Lilly
Dr. John C Lilly and a human-dolphin communication themed slide show.
As the inventor of the isolation tank and pioneer of human-dolphin communication, Lilly’s research work and counter-culture reputation quickly attracted attention from fiction and screenplay writers… By 1980 feature films were made based on his experiments with interspecies communication, sensory deprivation and psychedelic substances… These works of science fiction inspired by Lilly inspired in turn new, amateur, inquiries into the nature of human cognition, animal cognition, and their place in the cosmos…
With John C Lilly Artifacts Slide Show
And excerpts from: The Simpsons, Day of the Dolphin (Mike Nichols, 1973) and Altered States (Ken Russell, 1980)
6pm: Hugh Chapman Lecture Series, part ,1 Gangster flicks and the American Success Myth
A search amongst the grit of early American crime movies (James Cagney/Edward G. Robinson) and the concept of American Individualism… self made men… self made mad men… self made money…
Then showing a film that “individuals” can stay to see or head off and conquer the future.
The Walk to Dover was an off-site commission for Studio Voltaire by artist Spartacus Chetwynd in September 2005. The project involved a seven-day walk from London to Dover by ‘Victorian Urchins’, as well as a send off event in London and a welcoming reception on the White Cliffs of Dover.
Emulating the narrative from Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical novel, David Copperfield, Chetwynd led a small group of walkers from London to Dover. Starting at the oberlisk, at St Georges Circus, the walk retraced Copperfield’s journey from a Blacking Warehouse in London to Dover where he found sanctuary with his Aunt, Betsy Trotwood. As David Copperfield foraged for food on his journey, the group also attempted to live off the land, looking for food for free. Copperfield’s journey also tracked his shifting social status, exploring class structures in Victorian England.
The new film documents the journey, using stills photography and sound recordings made by the group into a collaged narrative. The film has been made by filmmaker and fellow urchin, Zoe Brown with Spartacus Chetwynd. The Walk to Dover draws comparisons between Victorian “Debt Prisons” and our current credit card culture. This builds on recent investigations into concepts of debt and a specific interest in the advice of Alvin Hall, the television financial guru.
The film will also feature in the artist’s forthcoming solo exhibition at Migros Museum, Zurich (February – April 2007). Other forthcoming solo exhibitions include Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin and Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan (both 2007). Previous performances include: Money: A Cautionary Tale, Art Perform/ Art Basel Miami Beach; Delirious, Serpentine Gallery and The Fall of Man, Tate Triennale, Tate Britain (all 2006). Spartacus Chetwynd is represented by Herald St, London and Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin.
The Walk to Dover was financially supported by The Elephant Trust. With kind assistance from The National Trust and The Museum of Childhood, London.
Spartacus Chetwynd, now Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Solo exhibitions include Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2014); New Museum, New York (2011); Sadie Coles HQ (London, 2011 – restaged at Tate Britain in 2012); Consortium, Dijon (2008); Migros Museum, Zurich (2007); and Studio Voltaire, London (2005). The artist is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London.
Spanky Chaffinche’s Film Festival: Dedicated people making a difference, 2008. Film screening, Sunday April 27 2008, Studio Voltaire, London. Courtesy of Spartacus Chetwynd and Studio Voltaire, London.