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- DescriptionTurning 70 years old on 11th June 2013, Iain Sinclair - writer, filmmaker, poet, walker, perpetual seeker of the perimeter and reluctant magus of the media school of psycho-geography - found it hard to resist the offer of the opportunity to make his choice of 70 films that related to, and are oft interwoven across his entire writing career. This was a chance to have these films shown in a variety of venues and resonant locations across London - a city Sinclair has made his own, a city he has (re)defined. This book features both Sinclair's initial 17,000 word explanation of the films chosen and their relationship to his vels and his life along with the resultant forensic documentation of this epic curatorial journey - film as mirrors, film as portals, film mutated through radio waves - additions to the teaming city ghost voices, film as a journey to fixed abode. Sinclair spoke at many of the events, a constant updating and realigning, placing his choices in the here and w and soon to come. Predicting, proposing, provoking.He was aided and abetted by old friends, fellow writer Alan Moore, film-making co-conspiriators Andrew Kotting (Swandown) and Chris Petit (London Orbital), along with film academics Colin MacCabe and Gareth Evans and other manifestations from his fictional/factional role call. All seventy of the events were documented and these words and images w form an impressionistic memento of Iain Sinclair's 70x70 year, a defining corollary to this writer's extraordinary life.
- Author BiographyMuch of Sinclair's recent work consists of an ambitious and elaborate literary recuperation of the so-called occultist psychogeography of London. Other psychogeographers who have worked on similar material include Will Self, Stewart Home and the London Psychogeographical Association. One of a series of works focused around London is the non-fiction London Orbital; the hard cover edition was published in 2002, along with a documentary film of the same name and subject. It describes a series of trips he took tracing the M25, London's outer-ring motorway, on foot. Sinclair followed this with Edge of the Orison in 2005, a psychogeographical reconstruction of the poet John Clare's walk from Dr Matthew Allen's private lunatic asylum, at Fairmead House, High Beach, in the centre of Epping Forest in Essex, to his home in Helpston, near Peterborough. Sinclair also writes about Claybury Asylum, another psychiatric hospital in Essex, in Rodinsky's Room, a collaboration with the artist Rachel Lichtenstein. In 2008 he wrote the introduction to Wide Boys Never Work, the London Books reissue of Robert Westerby's classic London low-life novel. Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report followed in 2009. Sinclair's book Ghost Milk criticises the British government for using the 2012 Summer Olympics as an excuse to militarise London while forcing the poorest citizens out of their homes. In an interview with This Week in Science, William Gibson said that Sinclair was his favourite author. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009. Sinclair commented: I have always admired the RSPCA. They do a lot of good work.
- Author(s)Iain Sinclair
- PublisherVolcano Publishing
- Date of Publication26/09/2014
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationLiverpool
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintVolcano Publishing
- Content NoteFilm images and event artifacts
- Width280 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine10 mm
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