June 27 until July 29, 2012 // Wednesday – Sunday from 12 h – 18 h // CGP London Cafe Gallery // London
In London's Olympic year, CGP london present Swandown – The Installation which is a project of Herculean proportions by two of Britain's most creative individuals: film-maker Andrew Kötting and writer Iain Sinclair. Swandown is a plot of Olympian ambition. A poetic film-diary about encounter and culture an endurance test and pedal-marathon. Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair pedalled a swan-shaped pedalo from the seaside in Hastings to Hackney in East London, via the inland waterways. The journey provided multifarious outcomes; a film work, pinhole photographs, sound recordings and numerous texts and artefacts. Swandown - The Installation will be a deconstruction and re-presentation of this epic journey. Within the cavernous confines of Dilston Grove the pedalo itself will be presented complete with the knocks and bruises of its difficult journey together with selected film sequences from the voyage, sounds, pinhole photographs and many of the artefacts collected en-route.
Swandown is the third in a series of collaborations between Kötting and Sinclair, the first of which produced Offshore; a cross channel swim project. Notions of ‘the psyche and its geography’ have cemented their friendship and brought the artists together to realise this project.