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Walking on Letters

Illingworth, Shona (1999) Walking on Letters. Film (10 Minutes). (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:45530)

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The film Walking On Letters (10 minutes) by Shona Illingworth was informed by work with people on probation undertaken through performance and visual art based socially engaged projects over a five-year period working with Insight Arts Trust. The film draws on an extensive archive of recordings made over an 18 month period of an ex-offender who had spent long periods of time in prison. Walking on Letters is a moving image and sound composition which explores the affect imprisonment has on memory and a sense of self, the critical necessity of the imagination to survive the intensity of a confined and resolute physical space and the strategies for coping with long periods of incarceration. In a series of performative actions, the film goes through a series of constrants and affective registers as the deeper memory of space is unwound to reveal the repetative action of attempting to sensitise the soles of the feet to read letters by walking on them in the dark each night.

Item Type: Visual media
Additional information: Walking on Letters won First Prize at the Onifri International, Tirana, where it was exhibited in 1999, it has been shown in solo exhibitions in Placentia Arte, Piacenza, Italy, 201 and CGP Galleries London in 2002 and in group exhibitions at: C/O VIAFARINI, curated by Lino Baldini, with Daniela Kostova and Adrian Paci, VIAFARINI, Milan 2002; Somewhere: places of refuge in art and life, curated by Angela Kingston, incl. Jordan Baseman, Lucy Orta and Hew Locke, Angel Row Gallery 2002 and in Last minute. To the End of Eternity, Incl. Sislej Xhafa, Santiago Sierra and Fischli and Weiss, Vecchio Ospedale Soave, Codogno, Milan 2003; Muslim Mulliqi, incl. Adrian Paci and IRWIN, Gallerie Arteves Kosoves, Kosovo, 2003, it has also featured in catalogues for each of these group exhibitions.
Subjects: N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Shona Illingworth
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 16:32 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:18 UTC
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