Whitstable Biennale 2008Festival of Contemporary Visual Art
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keep out sign relating to artists' commission
keep out sign relating to artists' commission

Clio Barnard

Burnt out car relating to artists' commission

Artist’s book
Available from Festival HQ Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Event Friday 4 July to be viewed from trains between Whitstable and Faversham

The train that runs between London and East Kent travels through Seasalter Levels. At one time there was a thriving plotland community on this stretch of marshland, but in the last six years the shacks, livestock and caravans have gradually disappeared, leaving only a few abandoned and burnt out caravans, wooden huts and overgrown plants marking out what were once gardens. Plotlands examines what implications a now defunct, makeshift and marginalised community of plotlanders may have for our future, and the imaginative possibilities that are opened up by its unofficial status and invisibility.

An artist's book contains interviews, excerpts from Colin Ward’s book Arcadia for All in which he examines plotland communities, together with drawings and photographs. A short piece of fiction written by Clio Barnard is also included, which ends with the burning of a caravan.

As dusk falls on Friday 4 July, three trains travel as usual between London and East Kent. On each seat of the train lies a copy of Plotlands. As the train passes through the Seasalter marshes, passengers will witness the ritualistic burning of a shack, re-presented as a screening. The burning of the shack marks the 'death' of the marshland community, and also acts as a potent symbol, explored from various angles in the book. The event will be viewed from the following trains:

20:34 from London to Ramsgate (Arrives Whitstable 21:54)

21:03 from London to Ramsgate (Arrives Whitstable 22:25)

21:55 from Ramsgate to London (Arrives Faversham 22:37)

Clio Barnard is an artist/filmmaker whose work has shown in cinemas, international film festivals and galleries including Tate Modern; Tate Britain and MoMA, New York. Her work has been screened on Channel 4 and has had several international broadcasts. Clio Barnard is one of the winners of the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists, and was recently awarded the Artangel Open, a major commission for an ambitious live performance and feature length film.