In the Wake of A Deadad

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A note of explanation for the unschooled: the word "deadad" is a kind of clever Joyceian amalgam of "dead" and "dad" to create a new arch-concept from two smaller ones. Conceptual artist Andrew Kotting's deadad (or deceased father) and his deadad's deadad (or deceased grandfather) were inveterate travelers who constantly circled the globe, visiting a slew of exotic locations throughout their lives. To pay homage to these great men, Kottig mounted massive inflatable figures of the two men in 65 worldwide locations, such as The Valley at Charlton Athletic Football Club and the Janitzio Cemeteries, each one of great significance to one or both of the deceased loved ones, and each representing one year from their lives. He then shot a separate film of the figures in each location, and ran all concurrently, in a 65-screen installation at London's Dilston Grove Southwick Park. The avant-garde motion picture In the Wake of a Deadad actually constitutes a filmed record of the installation; referred to by Kottig as "deconstructed documentary," it runs 64 minutes in length and thus devotes around a minute to each of the screens, thus simulating the experience of a visitor to the exhibit. In the Wake of a Deadad ran at such festivals as the 2007 Rotterdam and the 2007 Karlovy Vary. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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