The Yellow Amusement Park
A performative evening of artist video, film and music.
Friday 20 June 2008
NaoKo TakaHashi and a silent film featuring Karl Valentin.
Live Music by Juan Carlode with Bambiforindi, followed by Graeme Swindon with Terence Kirkbride and Lisa Sellik.
The Walk to Dover 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 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 Walk to Dover was an off-site commission for Studio Voltaire in September 2005.