Opening this month is the culmination of a collaboration between four artists and the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Art at King’s College London.
As one of the artists in residence I attended a ten-week lecture series at the start of 2018 and made work in response. I was amazed that a series called ‘The Search for Meaning’ exists in a proper university philosophy department. Christopher Hamilton’s lectures considered philosophical and literary texts alongside each other. Among others on the reading list were Heinrich von Kleist, Primo Levi and Virginia Woolf.
After the opening fortnight on ‘Introduction: Philosophy and God, Life and Death’, weeks 3-4 introduced ‘The theistic alternative: Tolstoy, A Confession’ and this became my starting point for making autobiographical pieces about self-narration.
We discussed self-representation in autobiography and I became interested in the idea that although you might call something a confession, and purport to lay yourself bare, that act remains stylised and examples that may be drawn from a life to illustrate a point are selected from a mass of contradictory feelings and actions.