Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing

Artist Helen Petts' film of the mountains, lakes and streams loved by artist Kurt Schwitters after he left Germany to live in Norway and the Lake District. With music made with junk, paintbrushes and a bicycle wheel.

Artist filmmaker Helen Pettsexplores the later years of Kurt Schwitters’ life and work through landscape, collage, sound andwalking. She follows the Germanartist’s journey to Ambleside in the Lake District via a remote islandin Norway, where Schwitters escaped Nazi persecution because of his ‘degenerate’ art andhis epilepsy.

In the spirit of Schwitters’ soundpoetry, the film features leading experimental musicians Sylvia Hallett, Adam Bohman, Roger Turner and Phil Minton improvising with found objects and vocal sounds, creating a dialogue ofsurround sound and image.

An Unlimited commission originally curated by the Hatton Gallery Newcastle.

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Helen is in a wood with her camera.

Helen is in a wood with her camera.

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