Tuesday 3 September 2019, 7.30pm
A night of film and sound work by Duncan Whitley, including the premiere screening of Kimberlin: a 24-minute experimental film work made in collaboration with Abul Mogard. The space of the soundtrack is explored through a series of works live-mixed for a multi-channel soundspace, in this one-off event at Cafe OTO.
kimberlin (n.) 1. Portland dialect for a person living on the Isle of Portland who does not descend from a lineage of at least two generations of Portlanders. 2. Portland dialect for a person from Weymouth, or by extension, a stranger, outsider or foreigner. [Middle English cǒmeling n. From Old Germanic comling & (early) komeling, kimeling. Non-native, foreigner] / k’ɪmbəlɪn /
Kimberlin is an experimental film based on the discovery of an underground cinema cavern on Portland, an island connected to England’s mainland by a long pebble causeway known as the Chesil Beach. The uncanny discovery and subsequent breaking news begin to generate speculation amongst islanders as to who created the cavern and the cannisters of super-8mm film found within it.
Filmed on Portland in the months following the United Kingdom’s European Union membership referendum and scored with Abul Mogard’s dense, layered Farfisa organ tones, Kimberlin takes the viewer on a journey imbued with an ambiguous sense of (be)longing and loneliness. Digital and super-8mm film, field recordings and the Mogard soundtrack combine in an experimental form synthesizing cinematic and musical space.
Kimberlin was produced with the support of Arts Council England, Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust, b-side and Eaton Trust, with additional support from Gloucester Speleogical Society and Spike Island.
Duncan Whitley is a contemporary artist, whose practice spans experimental filmmaking, documentary field recording and spatial sound installation. His work with sound is concerned with sound as a medium-in-between, or connecting tissue between objects and living entities in the world; with sound as a vessel for language, and as tactile, sensible and dynamic material.
His works have been exhibited in the UK and internationally, including at Aesthetica Film Festival, York; Coventry Biennial, Coventry; Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham; Whitechapel Gallery, London; The Whitworth, Manchester; Centro de Arte Experimental de UNSAM, Buenos Aires; Museo de Bellas Artes de Salta, Argentina; EMASESA, Seville; Serralves Museum, Porto; Château Morimont, Alsace; Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry; Soundfjord Gallery, London; and CTRL_ALT_DEL sound art festival, Istanbul.
His recent film projects Kimberlin and Phoenix City 2021 were developed as special collaborations with electronic musician Abul Mogard.
He is currently working as Filmmaker in Residence with Film and Television Studies at University of Warwick, to research his new project Vanishing Point.