On St Anthony’s day, 14 July 2015, only two days after submitting his PhD thesis, artist Anthony Schrag set out from the Aberdeenshire town of Huntly on a 3000 mile ‘contemporary pilgrimage’ to the Venice Biennale. Walking for 110 days through Britain, France, and Switzerland, crossing the Alps on the way, Anthony set out to question the relative absence of social practice visible at an event viewed by the art world as a near-sacred destination for contemporary artists. In the process, Lure of the Lost became a project as much about the exploration of loneliness and hospitality, endurance and doubt, as it was about the politics and aesthetics of Venice.
Stuart Armitt’s film combines footage recorded by Armitt on several visits he made to Anthony along the route with Anthony’s own documentation of the journey. The result is a highly personal and evocative insight into the Lure of the Lost story.
Anthony will introduce the screening, which will be followed by a conversation between the artist, the director, and Alan Macpherson, a PhD candidate at the University of Aberdeen who has written a number of essays for Deveron Arts, the Huntly-based organisation behind the Lure of the Lost project. The conversation will be open to questions from the audience.
The film will be screened on a loop in The Gallery in The Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen until 16th October.