Palimpsest films: Andrew Kötting and John Smith


Does landscape form a permanent memory groove or is it a ragged palimpsest of the past? A mysterious earthwork, like dead eyes carved into a hollow in the Gloucestershire dales, is the stage for Andrew Kötting’s remarkable Super8 black-and-white film, Klipperty Klöpp (1986) a seminal work in the annals of moving image art which follows the manic poetry of a man possessed by a belief in constructing his own reality. The reworked film made in 2014, Klipperty Klöpp (Two Screen) replays the original while on the parallel screen the lithe and expressive Japanese Butoh dance performer, Yumino Seki, reimagines his movements in the same landscape and embues the narrative with added poignancy through the differences in gender and ethnicity. Portraying the same actions as Kötting’s wild protagonist thirty years later, Seki finds the grooves in the earth have been trodden deeper and we feel an intensified atmosphere of abandonment amid…

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