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16 – 26 Jan 2024

The Tell-Tale Rooms

Advanced Research Centre

Virtual Reality Experience and Immersive Installation
10:00-17:00, Monday 16 January to Friday 26 January (excluding Sunday 20 January)
Free, drop-in

The Tell-Tale Rooms is a 12-minute father/daughter collaboration by artists Andrew and Eden Kötting. Experienced through a Virtual Reality headset and immersive installation, audiences are led on a journey into artist Eden’s fantastical world. Blending animation, archive and live action, the work celebrates the wonders of Eden’s rare neurological syndrome by opening up the fusty doors of perception into a world of 360 virtual reality.

“It is all so beautifully made and overwhelming. The perspective changes I found insightful, but the whole experience, which is beautiful and hopeful and also sad and humbling.”

The work is funded by Arts Council England, BFI Network and XR Stories.

Launch Event
17:00-19:00, Tuesday 16 January | Advanced Research Centre

Artist Talk – Andrew Kötting in Conversation with Simon Kovesi
17:00-19:00, Thursday 25 January | Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre

Join Andrew Kötting for an artist talk with Professor Simon Kövesi, who was part of Andrew’s “By Our Selves” film and performance project, which focused on John Clare’s “Journey Out of Essex”. They’ll discuss Andrew’s practice and share excerpts from some of Andrew’s films.

About Andrew and Eden Kötting

Andrew Kötting is an award-winning artist, filmmaker and Professor who has made over 100 short films. His artworks, in varied media, include film, video, performance, paintings, sculpture, collage, cd, vinyl, bookwork, text, and installation, often in collaboration with his daughter Eden. He obtained a BA in Fine Art at Ravensbourne College of Art and then an MA in mixed media at The Slade in London. He is a professor of Time Based Media at UCA and has had over 40 years’ experience in the art world.

Eden Kötting was born with Joubert Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. In 1996 she appeared in her father’s experimental feature film GALLIVANT along with her Great Grandmother Gladys and in 2006 her artwork was shown at the Tate Modern, organised through Project Art Works. In 2014 she worked with her father on a multimedia art project; BY OUR SELVES, commissioned by Arts Council England, distributed by Soda Pictures and in 2015 she was commissioned by Channel 4 & Random Acts to make a short animated film (ALL IN THE MIND), using her drawings and collages as a springboard. In 2019, again with her father and animator Glenn Whiting she made IN FAR AWAY LAND, which was distributed in 2020 across the UK and Ireland by HOME in Manchester. Eden is part of the Wednesday Mentoring Group at Project Artworks and shares a studio with her father in St Leonards-on-Sea and the French Pyrenees. 2021 saw Project Artworks shortlisted for the Turner Prize and in June 2022 Eden and Andrew had their first commercial gallery show at New Art Projects in London in which they presented elements from both DISEASED AND DISORDERLY as well as THE TELL-TALE ROOMS.