Archive of films In the Wake of a Deadad / In the Wake of a Deadad
2006, 60 min
Section: Cinema Gallery
British artist and performer Andrew Kötting is coming to terms with the death of his father. He had a 4-metre-high inflatable figure made, representing his father, which he took off to sixty locations around the world, places that were significant for the whole family. A solid, witty, in places shocking meditation on death, parents, and what will remain after we’ve gone.
This isn’t the first film in which Andrew Kötting introduces a personal note and also involves members of his family. After the death of his father he had an image created of him: a four-metre-high inflatable figure. This “Deadad” accompanies performer Kötting to sixty locations which were important in some way for his father and his entire family. The meditation on parents, children, death, mourning and on “what’s left”, however, gradually becomes more complicated: the performer receives an unexpected letter, revealing a secret which leads him to create another blow-up figure. The film might spark all sorts of feelings – from emotion and enjoyment, to a sense of cruelty, blasphemy and reconciliation. It’s a “chapel erected in memory of my father, a study of patriarchal bonds and the secular exorcism of a difficult relationship”.
About the director
Andrew Kötting (b. 1959, Kent, England) considers himself essentially as a performer. His installations, film screenings and exhibitions have been shown both in Europe and America since the 1980s. This distinctive British artist tends to get personal in his films. His feature-length debut Gallivant (1996) traces his journey along the coast of Britain with his 85-year-old gran Gladys and 7-year-old daughter Eden, who suffers from a permanent speech impediment. Another of the films documents the trip which this eccentric performer made across the Channel. “Even today I don’t consider myself to be a filmmaker,” says Kötting, “I just create longer works.”
About the film
Color, BETA SP
|Cast:||Andrew Kötting, Leila McMillan, Joey Kötting, Eden Kötting, Gary Parker|