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 (born UK, 1974) is an artist working predominantly with sound and the moving-image. His practice synthesizes the languages of cinema, documentary and spatial sound art.
He has presented site-specific projects, audiovisual works, installations and live multi-channel sound works in the UK, Europe and South America. He is currently artist in residence at Coventry University’s School of Media and Performing Arts.