Tyburnia illustrates the twists and turns of political whimsy, church and state, and the birth of capitalism.
Tyburnia will tour this summer in a entirely new version. James Holcombe’s celluloid exploration of 600 years of public execution, will be performed live with six film projectors, a suitcase of film reels, and Dead Rat Orchestra (Primary resident Nathaniel Mann) performing the live score.
James Holcombe’s film Tyburnia revisits the site of Tyburn Tree, a place of execution for over 700 years at the junction of Edgware Road and Oxford Street. Here political, religious and judicial transgressions were punished with hanging, burning and gibbeting for public entertainment and instruction.
The film explores parallels between contemporary and historical notions of crime in relation to business and property, the spectacular nature of punishment, and the use of the body as a site for political control. Shooting on 8mm and 16mm film, James Holcombe gained access to numerous artefacts associated with the Tyburn; reliquaries housing the remains of Catholic martyrs, body parts preserved by surgeons, the bell that tolled on the eve of executions, and the eventual resting place of the gallows themselves. Using hand processing and archaic chemical techniques the scenes forming Tyburnia bring forth a film that is both visually and thematically engrossing, demonstrating that despite the gallows having long since vanished, we still stand in the shadow of its punitive ideology.
James Holcombe began researching Tyburn Gallows during a three month residency with the Edgware Road Project in 2009 as part of the no.w.here’s Free Cinema School.
The film premiered in London at the Carpenters Arms Pub. There is a popular belief that the wood from the gallows was taken to build the rests for beer barrels in the cellar when public executions ceased at Tyburn in 1783.
Full Tyburnia Tour Dates:
13th July - The Old Church – London
14th July – HEART Centre – Headingley, Leeds
15th July – Maidstone International Arts Festival – Maidstone
16th July – The Old Fire Station – Carlisle
25th July – HOME – Manchester
26th July – The Adelphi – Hull
27th July – Norwich Arts Centre – Norwich
5th August – Supernormal Festival – Braziers Park
Other Upcoming Festivals / Concerts:
1st July 2017 – Irregular Folks Festival – Oxford
21st – 23rd July 2017 – Fanø Free Folk Festival (Denmark)
30th July 2017 – Swanfest – Ipswich
20th Aug 2017 – Dartington Summer Concerts