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Scott King: A New Life in Frigg

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 to Sunday, 2 September 2018
Opening: 
Friday, 29 June 2018 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Frigg is a fictional new town created by artist and graphic designer Scott King. It is part of Britlin’s, a satirical proposal to redesign Britain as a 1970s holiday camp. A combination of the words ‘Britain’ and ‘Butlin’s’, Britlin’s plays with the power of collective nostalgia to imagine a new society. From a new Chairlift Network connecting Land’s End to John O’Groats, to the creation of self-policing New Towns fuelled by fun; Britlin’s proposes strategies to make “Your Past Our Future”.

‘A New Life in Frigg’ invites applicants to sign up to the Britlin’s vision. Potential residents can use the large site map to imagine their own day-to-day journeys around the town. In Come to Frigg (2018) – a newly commissioned work made by filmmaker Paul Kelly – a Britlin’s representative explains the advantages of relocating to this utopia. A series of questionnaires set up scenarios to test recruits suitability for joining the Britlin’s community, probing underlying concepts of nostalgia.

The design of the Frigg site is based on Butlin’s Clacton, a holiday camp located in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. The camp was one of 10 camps founded by former showman Billy Butlin and opened in June 1938 with the vision of providing British working class families with ‘a weeks holiday for a weeks pay’. Butlin’s Clacton closed in September 1983 as a consequence of changing tastes and the development of package holidays abroad.

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Scott King (b. 1969, Goole, UK) lives and works in London. He was art director of i-D magazine and creative director of Sleazenation magazine, and he has collaborated with many influential figures including the Pet Shop Boys, Michael Clark, Malcolm McLaren and Suicide. King’s work has been exhibited worldwide in both commercial galleries and institutions. Recent solo exhibitions include: Welcome to Saxnot, Studio Voltaire, London (2017); CRASH! presents A Better Britain II: Britlins, Reading International, Reading (with Matthew Worley, 2017); and Anish and Antony take Afghanistan, Herald St, London (2015). He has also produced several books including Britlins (2017), Public Art (2016), Anish & Antony Take Afghanistan (2014), Art Works (2010) and Anxiety & Depression (2009).

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01206 713 700

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Lewis Gardens,
High Street,
Colchester, 
Essex,
CO1 1JH

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