French & Mottershead


Afterlife (Woodland), Brussels (Photo: Milena Vergara Santiago)


Afterlife (Woodland), Leigh Woods (Photo: Paul Blakemore)

Afterlife (Woodland), Brussels (Photo: Milena Vergara Santiago)Afterlife (Woodland), Leigh Woods (Photo: Paul Blakemore)

Afterlife (Woodland) is a contemporary meditation upon our relationship with death, the body, place, nature and time, in the form of an 18 minute audio piece. It draws on visceral experiences and insights from forensic anthropology, ecology and aesthetics. 

Woodland is one of a developing series of audio narratives that invite listeners to reflect on what happens to their body after death in different environments – a deciduous woodland, a climate controlled art museum, an urban waterway, a domestic space – with each narrative compressing centuries into minutes.

French & Mottershead is UK artist duo Rebecca French and Andrew Mottershead. The duo makes situations in which people can think again about who they are, their ties to place, and one another. They use art as a site of experience, by engaging mind and body with tangible narratives that disturb and develop the sense of self in our fast evolving environments. Working across performance, photography, film and installation they’ve shown extensively in international contexts including museums, galleries, festivals and in the public realm.

Text: French & Mottershead; Voice: Tanya Myers; Science Adviser: Dr. Carolyn Rando, Forensic Anthropologist, University College London

Afterlife (Woodland) is presented as a work-in-development with the support of The Wellcome Trust.

Afterlife (Woodland), Friday 2.10.2015 at 2-6pm, Saturday 3.10.2015 at 12am-4pm + Afterwork discussion at 1-2pm, Sunday 4.10.2015 at 12am-4pm, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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