Helen Petts: Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing

15 September - 19 November 2012

Helen Petts’ film response to the life and work of artist Kurt Schwitters explores landscape, rhythm, texture, sound, improvisation and walking, using footage shot in locations that were a major inspiration to Schwitters: Norway, where he holidayed and first escaped to as a refugee from Nazi Germany and Loughrigg Fell, Rydal Terrace and the Merzbarn in the Lake District, where he spent the last few years of his life. The film - a gallery installation with surround sound - is shot on a variety of small digital cameras and features musicians, Phil Minton, Roger Turner, Sylvia Hallet and Adam Bohman, improvising with voice, bicycle wheel, hardanger fiddle and found objects, as well as images of the fells, footpaths, caves and lakes that Schwitters loved and featured in his work.

The title is what Schwitters said he did with his ‘merz material’ when making the collages.

An Unlimited commission for the Cultural Olympiad

Supported by - Arts Council England, Sir John Fisher Foundation

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  • Artist film-maker Helen Petts at Kurt Schwitter's Merzbarn in the Lake District, U.K. © Helen Petts


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