Afterlife (Woodland)

French & Mottershead

Sat 16-Sun 17 May

Afterlife (Woodland) is a contemporary meditation upon our relationship with death, the body, place, nature and time. It draws on visceral experiences and insights from forensic anthropology, ecology and aesthetics.

Woodland is one of a developing series of audio narratives that invite listeners to reflect on what happens to their body after death in different environments – a deciduous woodland, a climate controlled art museum, an urban waterway, a domestic space – with each narrative compressing decades into minutes.

French & Mottershead make situations in which people can think again about who they are, their ties to place, and one another. They use art as a site of experience, by engaging mind and body with tangible narratives that disturb and develop the sense of self in our fast evolving environments. Working across performance, photography, film and installation they’ve shown extensively in international contexts including museums, galleries, festivals and in the public realm.

Afterlife (Woodland) is presented at Mayfest as a work-in-development.

Co-presented by Mayfest and Situations. The concept for Afterlife (Woodland) stems from French & Mottershead’s Understory 1–12, part of Up to Nature, a European co-production with In Between Time.

Part of the PHCP15 Cultural Programme, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Text: French & Mottershead
Voice: Tanya Myers
Science Adviser: Dr. Carolyn Rando, Forensic Anthropologist, University College London
Image: French & Mottershead (Photo: Milena Vergara Santiago)




Artist Talk, 3pm, Sunday 17 May at Leigh Woods.
Chaired by Claire Doherty, Director of Situations

Greenwood Barn, Leigh Woods
Start Date
May 16, 2015
End Date
May 17, 2015
Running Time
18 mins
Age Guidance