text, steel stand, wooden box, 2 bags of dried fen mud
Like Valhalla came out of an ongoing exploration into landscape, historical narratives, memory and their relation to trauma and violence. The text was assembled from interactions with the fens in East Anglia, epic poetry, local history pamphlets, news footage, Hollywood and the Victorian historical novel.
The performance manifested as a reading of a letter to a head-shaped lump of mud dug up from the assumed location of a famous battle during the siege of Ely c.1070
It was performed at Rowing as part of the exhibition From Script to Reading to Exhibition to Performance to Print, curated by Rowing and Performance as Publishing, Oct 2013, and at The Flow Between the Thing and the Word at Modern Art Oxford, August 2014