The Trivia of Eccentric England
Eccentricity is widely regarded as a slowly diminishing behavioural trait in today’s society, compressed and pressured to conform to popular consensus of normality. Yet looking closely throughout our England and Lincolnshire pockets of eccentric behaviour are still rife.
Henry Hemming spoke of his journey to find the quintessential English eccentric and the origin of eccentricity it’s self; by revealing information about the stories that developed the book and the people that shaped it.
Uddin and Elsey
23rd May - 1st June 2011
stop look listen, Uddin and Elsey, photographer James E Smith
Drawing upon public fascination with railways and their histories, Uddin and Elsey used the public spaces within Lincoln Central Railway Station to develop a series of visual and sound interventions. The works ranged from train spotting videos and games in the waiting rooms, to sound installations of the Lincolnshire Beevor band. The works stemmed from historical references to British railways and the romanticism intertwined with them stemming from their inauguration during the industrial revolution.
Interested in how the railway station acted as a key connection point in the city’s landscape acting as point of arrival and departure Uddin and Elsey encouraged the audience to ponder how the station is used as a place of social interaction, and how people function in these spaces as they go about their busy lives. Often using the station as a no mans ground, a piece of land connecting two places with limited engagement with the space its self, the artists attempted to interfere with the balance and expectation of the stations familiar sites.
Thursday 23rd June 2011
What is normal!? Can anyone be truly normal!? Anthony Schrag set out to question just this through an open competition in the local newspaper, to try and find the most normal person in Lincolnshire and, through a parade of normal objects at the annual Lincolnshire Show, a quintessentially ‘normal’ part of the calendar for Lincoln.
The newspaper campaign to find the most normal person in Lincolnshire sparked interest in Lincolnshire dwellers subsequently Ellen and Roy were selected and crowned at the Lincolnshire Show.
Anthony searched for normality by locating local groups that typified Lincolnshire; the groups included a table tennis club, chess club, and a historic windmill society. The groups then donated objects that were representative of their normal activity, but when isolated appeared at odds with the environment. The final eleven objects were then paraded at the Lincolnshire Show.
Lincolnshire County Council, Lincoln University, Arts Council England, Cultural Olympiad and its partners