Slipstream - David Cotterrell

Peckham Space presents Slipstream, a specially commissioned film from artist David Cotterrell, which maps social, geographical and personal histories of North Peckham through an investigation of the area's changing landscape.

Partially filmed from the air using a specially-constructed miniature stunt helicopter and presented as a two screen installation, Slipstream takes North Peckham residents' narratives of how their landscape has changed over the last 30 years as its starting point. The camera swoops from ground-level to lofty heights tracking these parallel, remembered journeys from the air in a series of 'fly-throughs', exploring airspace previously occupied by buildings and relaying back lost views of Peckham and the wider area. This filmic journey layers and combines found footage and photographic and printed material supplied by the participants to map architectural changes and overlay memories of individuals exploring what residents have expressed as a 'missing identity' for the location.

David Cotterrell said: “North Peckham has a wealth of expansive vistas promised but not made accessible by water towers, demolished housing and forgotten landmarks. Speaking to the residents about how their journeys through the landscape have changed over the years, it became important to me that the film captured views that are no longer (or not yet) accessible. Using cameras mounted on model aircraft allowed me to examine contradictory perspectives where buildings have been demolished or become redundant or are yet to be constructed.”

For this commission, Peckham Space worked with the Evolution Quarter Residents Association to draft a brief and select and artist to work with residents to produce a non-representative artwork which explored the theme of identity. David Cotterrell was selected to produce Slipstream, drawing on his recent practice examining the representation of environments and communities through an inquiry into mediation of images and particularly our relationship with screen-based media.

Entry to the exhibition is free.
Slipstream - David Cotterrell

Event Title: Slipstream - David Cotterrell
Postcode: Peckham Space, Camberwell College of Art, 89 Peckham High Street, London SE15 5RS
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