Expanded version of Tyburnia

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Tyburnia explores the parallels between contemporary and historical notions of crime in relation to economy and property, the spectacular nature of punishment, and the state’s use of the body as a site for political control.

Shot on 8mm and 16mm film and hand processed, this version of Tyburnia plays out across multiple projectors and screens as a unique three screen expanded performative film piece.

DEAD RAT ORCHESTRA : JAMES HOLCOMBE – Tyburnia from Pacitti Company on Vimeo.

Bringing their gritty, rough hewn interpretations and dexterous multi-instrumentalism; Dead Rat Orchestra perform a live sound track to Tyburnia featuring songs that were composed for those condemned to ‘dance the Tyburn jig’. The work offers a new understanding to broadside ballads that have become a staple of folk music, here presented in closer association to their original socio-political context.

Tyburnia Film Screening – James Holcombe and Dead Rat Orchestra from Serpentine Galleries on Vimeo.

Dead Rat Orchestra at Combe Gibbet from Emma Crouch on Vimeo.