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That’s the Way To Do It

That’s the Way To Do It

A conversation between Marcia Farquhar & Andrew Kotting

Hastings Book Festival
4-6pm | Saturday 24th September 2022
Greenhalf Studios, 7-11 Market Street, St Leonards, TN38 0DG
Free, online reservation essential 

Join artists Marcia Farquhar & Andrew Kotting for a candid chat about their careers to celebrate the launch of their two new publications Pushing 60 and Quantum Shenanigans & Gravitational To-Dos Downyönder in a Place of Energy & Wonder just before the precarious thereafter.

For over two decades these experimental artists have featured in each other’s films, publications and performances. Now, for the first time, they will come together in Andrew’s hometown of Hastings to share their personal and hilarious stories of their many collaborative works together.

Signed copies of the books will be available to purchase.

This event is limited capacity so reserve your ticket now to not miss out

This event is part of the Hastings Book Festival, running from 16-25 September. Please visit their website for the full programme of events.

More about the Publications

Quantum Shenanigans & Gravitational To-Dos Downyönder in a Place of Energy & Wonder just before the precarious thereafter contains photographic meanderings with accompanying prose mullings by Marcia Farquhar, Andrew Kötting and Dr Robert Pepperell.

Inspired by a road trip around the South and North Islands of New Zealand in a camper van during the winter of 2019. All photographs taken on an iphone with a John Smith lens and Kodöt film stock.

“Beautifully balanced between effortlessly charmed pictorial seizures (and locations) and the chewed-out combative flights of text, philosophies, poetries, puns, membrances, stutters and sidesteps. All fall down. The apocalypse as a silent screen comedy scripted by John Milton. It was stern and biblical too. And tragically of its time in solemn undertow. So far in a few pages. These books are building (or breeding) across a shelf. That’s what we need now, the independence. The get-it-done”. – Iain Sinclair May Day May Day 2021

Pushing 60 is developed from Marcia Farquhar’s spoken word piece, this publication is a memoir of 60 days before her 60th birthday.

‘The diary of a majestic minx, dancing the reader through the unique life of an epicure of the dedicated seething fringe. Spilling over with chaotic tenderness, wit and a passionate sincerity riding pathos across the concluding furlongs to tell how it was and how it will never be again. A joyful vivid insight from the only artist I know who astonishingly can be both performer and audience simultaneously’. – B.Catling, author of The Vorrh Trilogy

More about the the Artists

Marcia Farquhar is an artist working in performance, photography, painting and object-making. Her site-specific works have been staged and exhibited internationally in museums and galleries, as well as in lecture theatres, kitchen showrooms, hotels, pubs, parks and leisure centres.

Farquhar’s performances are conceptual in nature and often precariously balanced between the prescribed and the unpredictable – socially open, broadly embracing of circumstance, and resolutely focussed in the live and unrepeatable moment. They have also made frequent and subversive use of popular cultural forms such as TV cookery, pop-psychology, the Punch & Judy show, the fashion catwalk and the guided tour.

Andrew Kötting was born between the mountains and the sea in Elmstead Woods in 1959. He has made numerous experimental short films, which were awarded prizes at international film festivals.

Gallivant (1996), was his first feature film, a road/home movie about his four-month journey around the coast of Britain, with his grandmother Gladys and his daughter Eden, which won the Channel 4 Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival for Best Director and the Golden Ribbon Award in Rimini (Italy). The film went on in 2011 to be voted number 49 as Best British Film of all time by the UK publication Time Out.

Image credit: Jem Finer

  • When Saturday 24th September 2022
  • Time 2-4pm
  • Where Greenhalf Studios


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