Oliver Payne, Nick RelphThe Essential Selection 2002

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Oliver Payne (born 1977)
Nick Relph (born 1979)
The Essential Selection
Date 2002
MediumVideo, projection, colour and sound
Dimensionsoverall display dimensions variable duration: 90min
Acquisition Purchased from funds provided by the Film and Video Special Acquisitions Fund 2003
Not on display


Between 1999 and 2001, Nick Relph and Oliver Payne made The Essential Selection which consists of three films entitled Driftwood (1999), House and Garage (2000) and Jungle (2001); a trilogy themed on London, the suburbs and the surrounding countryside. Driftwood is a streetwise crack at London’s geopolitical enclaves and civic wellbeing. The artists state that Driftwood grew directly from their desire to make a homage to Patrick Keiller’s film London (1994), a quasi-fictional anatomy of urban, industrial and commercial space at the end of the 20th century. They decided to appropriate his technique but use it to discuss skateboarding, a subject about which they had an intimate knowledge. The film opens with an assessment of the Waterloo area and the South Bank Centre. The smooth surfaces and concrete ramps around and under the South Bank Centre attracted skateboarders despite the authorities’ attempts at the time to put obstacles in their way. The film then takes the viewer on a journey through Canary Wharf, Earls Court and Mayfair whose citizens are subjected to sneering vitriol… (read more)

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