Announcing a new commission... Better To Wear Out Shoes Than Sheets by Matt Hulse


Announcing a new commission... Better To Wear Out Shoes Than Sheets by Matt Hulse

The Festival is delighted to announce a new commission by artist-filmmaker Matt Hulse.

Centered around a mysteriously abandoned camping spot, Matt Hulse's three-screen installation playfully revisits and reassembles footage, props, costume and artifacts from his feature film Dummy Jim, about profoundly deaf Scots cyclist and author James Duthie, who pedalled solo to the Arctic in 1951. In this newly commissioned installation, possessions belonging to Duthie himself complete an engaging, kaleidoscopic exploration of character, adaptation, process, mythology and memorialization.

Entitled Better to Wear Out Shoes than Sheets, the exhibition will be presented for the first time Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th September, 11am – 6pm, free of charge in The Gymnasium Gallery, venue courtesy of English Heritage and Berwick Visual Arts.

On Saturday 28th September at 3pm there will be a special screening of Dummy Jim, Hulse’s feature film based on James Duthie’s journal, I Cycled to the Arctic Circle from 1951. The artist-director received a copy of the journal from his mother in 2000 and was inspired to tell his story. Created as part of a wider cross-platform project and crowdfunded through pioneering techniques predating Kickstarter, Hulse’s own adventure was 13 years in the making. Dummy Jim made its world premiere in competition at Rotterdam International Film Festival this year, and its UK premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Michael Powell Award.

The film will be presented at The Maltings Theatre & Cinema in Berwick with a live Q&A with director Matt Hulse and lead actor Samuel Dore, BSL-interpreted for the deaf, with support from Community Foundation.

Matt Hulse said today “The commission offers me a rare opportunity to revisit the wealth of material that was generated in the making of Dummy Jim and tackle it from fresh angles, perspectives and - most importantly - freed from the constraints of linear narrative storytelling. Recombining props, footage, sounds and texts will allow me to articulate the physicality of film and the cyclist's experience to audiences in new ways, whilst also continuing to explore 'who' Dummy Jim really is, especially now that the previously little-known cyclist is the subject of a critically acclaimed film biopic. The journey's not over yet."