Both melancholic and absurd the ‘coastcard’ is a confusing missive from a place of hope. It is a reminisce and flawed celebration.
Super 8 and Mini DV Camera Andrew Kötting
16mm Ben Rivers
Edit and Sound Design Andrew Kötting
Words Iain Sinclair/Andrew Kötting
Music Christian Garcia
Edgeland Mutter attempts to invoke a sense of the past via the here-and-now. Drawing on my own extensive Super 8 archive and a growing body of Mini DV footage the film attempts to portray a fragmented and nostalgic view of a part of the world that has proved vital to the very fabric of my existence. Amongst the sonic flotsam and jetsam lie littoral truths, half-truths and coastal myths. Both melancholic and absurd the ‘coastcard’ is a confusing missive from a place of hope. It is a reminisce and flawed celebration. Hastings as a place where both memories and people are pulled towards the sea in a strange state of ‘reverse evolution’.
Edgeland Mutter was shot on Super 8 and Mini DV along the coastline between St-Leonards-on-Sea and Hastings. One sequence was shot on 16mm using a hand cranked Bolex by Ben Rivers. Iain Sinclair provided some of the voiceover, recorded into the microphone of a SONY PD 170 from a balcony at Marine Court.
Iain Sinclair was born in Wales, in wartime; was later expelled to England and never got back. He's been in East London for 40 years. In 2009, he got around to publishing the book: Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire. And was banned from all public spaces in the borough. To keep sane he collaborates with such as Chris Petit, Rachel Lichtenstein, Emily Richardson and Andrew Kötting.
Christian Garcia has written music for both film and theatre and was part of the live performance Collectif, Velma B. He lives and works in Berlin and more recently collaborated on Kötting’s feature film Ivul.
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