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The Trivia of Eccentric England
May 2011 - October 2011

Introduction:

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.

The Trivia of Eccentric England explored through a series of new commissioned projects and accompanying talks and films, the nature and role eccentricity plays in today’s modern lifestyle, and asking what role an artist can have in reviving and reinventing English eccentricity in Lincolnshire. A film programme looked at past examples and explored in wider sense societies eccentric behaviours, which teeter on the edge of popular conformity. 


Programme:

Henry Hemming
Talk on his book 'In Search Of The English Eccentric'

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.


Luke Fowler
Film: Bogman Palmjaguar, 2007 (30mins)

Bogman Palmjaguar is a fim by Luke Fowler showing a portrait of a man who after a series of disturbing events became distrustful of people and withdrew into nature. Bogman fled to the threatened habitat of Scotland's Flow Countryafter attempts to section him. The film is a reconciliation of the young conservationist with his older self; isolated and withdrawn from society.

Shezad Dawood
Film: Feature, 2007-2008 (55mins)

Feature does not directly hold a single narrative, instead opting to explore the notions of cinema. The film deliriously swings between cinematic genres, whereby the cowboy from a classic American western morphs seamlessly into the zombie of a 90’s style horror and all of this set with Cambridge as a backdrop.

 

 

 

Uddin and Elsey


stop look listen, Uddin and Elsey, photographer James E Smith

23rd May - 1st June 2011
stop look listen
Lincoln Central Railway Station

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.


stop look listen, Uddin and Elsey, photographer James E Smith

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. 

The interventions remained within the train station for a period of ten days where audience members could activate and engage with many of the pieces that interacted with the usual station environment.

 

 

 

 

Anthony Schrag


Parade of Normal Things, Anthony Schrag, photographer James E Smith

Thursday 23rd June 2011
Parade of Normal Things
A part of the Lincolnshire Show


Parade of Normal Things, Anthony Schrag, photographer James E Smith

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.


Parade of Normal Things, Anthony Schrag, photographer James E Smith

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.

Supported by;
Lincolnshire County Council, Lincoln University, Arts Council England, Cultural Olympiad and its partners