Andrew Kötting is Professor of Time Based Media at UCA Canterbury. He was born in Elmstead Woods in 1959. After some early forays into market trading and scrap-metal dealing he travelled to Scandinavia to become a Lumberjack. He returned home in the 80’s to study for a BA in Fine Art at Ravensbourne College of Art and thereafter graduated with an MA from The Slade in London. He currently lives and works between Hastings in England and Fougax-et-Barrineuf in the forests of the French Pyrenees.
Since 1982, as well as performances, installations and publications, he has made over one hundred film and video works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded prizes at many international festivals. Gallivant (1996), was his first feature film, which won the Channel 4 Prize at the Edinburgh Film Festival for Best Director and the Golden Ribbon Award in Rimini (Italy). The film went on in 2011 to be voted number 49 as Best British Film of all time by the UK publication Time Out and number 58 by the Telegraph. He has had retrospectives of his work at Tate Britain, ICA and the NFT and in Europe at Oberhausen, Osnabruck, Hamburg, La Rochelle, Brussels, Rotterdam, Paris and Cork.
In 2001 he produced the first of his Earthworks Trilogy; This Filthy Earth and in 2009 he made the second part, Ivul, a French/Swiss co-production. Both films were released theatrically throughout the UK and France through Film Four and Artificial Eye. Lek And The Dogs, the final part of the trilogy, will be released in cinemas across the UK by HOME in Manchester on June 1st 2018.
In 2011 he produced This Our Still Life, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was acquired by the BFI for distribution in the UK and Ireland and by ED Distribution in France. The work involved an on going collaboration with his disabled daughter Eden, who continues to produce paintings, drawings, collages, performances and films with her father, and which is shown internationally.
Between 2012 and 2017 he has also created in collaboration with the writer Iain Sinclair three Journeyworks: Swandown, By Our Selves and Edith Walks, the projects were distributed as feature films across the UK, installed in art galleries and presented as performances.
2018 will see the publication of the Earthworks Bookwork, which includes essays and texts by Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore, Hattie Naylor, Sarah Lloyd, Rebecca Palmer, Xavier Tchili, Terry Perk and Julian Rowe.