John Akomfrah's multi-screen installation Vertigo Sea, which premiered at the 2015 Venice Biennale, is touring to multiple sites in the UK. Following its successful presentation at the Arnolfini in Bristol earlier this year, the film will be shown at Turner Contemporary in Margate from 8 October until 7 January 2016.
A meditation on whaling, the environment and our relationship with the sea, the work is a film essay continuing the ‘recycled aesthetic’ of John Akomfrah’s recent work, fusing archive material, original footage and readings from classical sources.
Shot on the Isle of Skye, in the Faroe Isles and in the North of Greenland and Norway, the film is inspired in part by two influential books: Hermand Meville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’ Whale Nation (1988). Also referenced is the incident on board the slave ship Zong that led JMW Turner to paint The Slave Ship almost a century later, exhibiting it in 1840 to coincide with a meeting of the British Anti-Slavery Society.
Please click here for more information on the exhibition: www.turnercontemporary.org/exhibitions/john-akomfrah-vertigo-sea