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Creating a fictional history
Janet Hodgson, Associate Lecturer, University of Kent

Fishergate_Tower,_York_02Fishergate Tower by Harry Mitchell used under CC BY 3.0
  • Sunday 15 June 2014, 12.00PM to 1.00pm
  • Free admission
    No booking required

    Donations to Friends of York Walls welcome

  • Fishergate Postern Tower (map)

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Contemporary artist Janet Hodgson will discuss her approaches to story-telling and histories as she describes why Fishergate Postern Tower has become a temporary site for a unique art installation.

Janet Hodgson has shown her work both nationally and internationally, including at Tate Liverpool and the Serpentine, London. She is concerned with constructs of time and place. Her work is multi-disciplinary and often collaborative. She uses the site and its history as the starting point for creating new work.

On visiting York, Janet felt 'overwhelmed by the amount of history available on the surface for the casual viewer'. As a consequence, she says she 'will be researching the very construction of that history as the starting point for a new temporary work for York Curiouser. I shall be taking a lead from the exuberant and visionary John Kirk, the creator of York Castle Museum's Victorian Street, to research and reveal the imagined institution “The workshop of historical correction”'.

This fictional institution will be sited at Fishergate Postern tower where, as she says, 'forgotten, wrong or missing histories will appear to be being stored and reworked, ready for display.'

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