British Council USA was pleased to partner with The Colloquium for Unpopular Culture to support the first US tour of celebrated British artist Brian Catling in April 2014. Catling's live performance of 'Only the Lowly' and film screening of Vanished! were both free and open to the public.
MITH, MITHY, MAGIC: Brian Catling in New York
Since the 1970s, Brian Catling's career has defied all possible categorization. Working in the media of performance art, sculpture, poetry, video art and novel-writing, Catling has produced a brilliant body of work that cements him as an artist for whom nothing is out-of-bounds.
Catling's 2012 historical-fantasy novel The Vorrh was praised by Alan Moore (author of Watchmen and V For Vendetta) as "a brilliant and sustained piece of invention which establishes a benchmark not just for imaginative writing, but for the human imagination in itself."
ONLY THE LOWLY
Monday April 28, 2014, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Third Streaming, 2nd Floor, 10 Greene Street [between Greene and Canal]
Brian Catling began his tour in the United States with 'Only the Lowly,' a dynamic piece of performance art. As with his other performances, 'Only the Lowly' featured Catling's distinctive use of unique and almost uncomfortable situations to help explore the relationship between the performer and audience.
VANISHED! A VIDEO SEANCE
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Department of Cinema Studies, NYU, 721 Broadway [between Broadway and Waverley Place], Room 670
In 1932, the Irving household on the Isle of Man were visited by a mysterious spirit known only as "Gef." Although Gef looked like a talking mongoose with yellow human hands, nothing else about Gef's identity was certain: was he a ghost or just a figment of the Irvings' imagination?
Produced in 1999 as a collaboration between Catling and screenwriter Tony Grisoni in 1999, the film Vanished! follows the three members of the Irving family as they piece together what happened and how Gef affected their lives.
After the film screening, there was a conversation between Catling and Adrian Heathfield, a writer and curator whose essays have been translated into numerous languages. After curating arts events for the Tate Modern and other European institutions, he is currently working on a project called "Curating the Ephemeral" as the Marie Curie International Fellow at Columbia University, New York.