French & Mottershead | Woodland
Friday 27 – Saturday 28 September, 2019 One Tree Hill, Honor Oak Park Road, SE23 £5.75 – £6.50 + booking fees

“a work celebrating our belonging to the wider fabric of the universe – something we often forget” Aesthetica Magazine

We are delighted to invite you to join us to experience French & Mottershead’s moving audiowork Woodland at One Tree Hill, Honor Oak, on the works first public outdoor staging in London.

Woodland describes your body’s slow fade into the leaf litter of the forest floor, whilst lying under the ancient oak on top of One Tree Hill. This work connects you deeply to your body and to the oak itself and considers the biological and chemical processes that continue long after you are conscious, as you are gently subsumed by the earth over thousands of years.

Woodland is part of French & Mottershead’s Afterlife series of audio works. All works in the serieschart in poetic yet forensic detail. The series originated from a combination of personal fear connected to the fear of dying alone and not being found, and the artists’ curiosity in science of decomposition.The artists collaborated with forensic anthropologists, ecologists and conservators in developing each piece, researching minute details in the science of decay and renewal to create a series of works that puncture our fear of the unknown.

Booking essential

To experience this meditative and deeply affecting work book your tickets here. Each listening experience lasts 30 minutes. This is an outdoor work. Please remember to wear warm, waterproof clothing and sensible shoes. Woodland explores death and decomposition and is recommended for ages 14 and over or by parental guidance. We are offering a 10% discount to Southwark Presents card holders. Please visit our website for more information. For press enquires please contact or 07976 977110.

About The Ballad of Peckham Rye

Taking its title and concept from Muriel Spark’s 1960 novel, The Ballad of Peckham Rye (TBOPR) uses the text as a starting point for working with artists to commission and produce new work that draws on, imagines or celebrates the distinctive architecture, geological monuments, histories and experiences of the area.

Image: French & Mottershead Woodland. Photo Paul Blakemore

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