Folly Archive

+Ellie Wyatt 

“Imagine the folly of allowing people to play elaborate games which do nothing whatever to increase consumption. It’s madness”

Aldous Huxley’s, Brave New World, 1932.

Folly archive was presented as a shifting document of the short life of the collaborative project KINGDOM, borrowing sites and genres since 2014. It was presented as part of the off-site exhibition, nowheresville at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (October to December 2015). The exhibition aimed to represent current practices, deviating or informed by the seminal work of the Situationist International movement.


"Explored through psychogeography, nowheresville is a group show that diverges the themes of current John Hansard Gallery exhibition, Eyes For Blowing Up Bridges: Joining the dots from the Situationist International to Malcolm McLaren, wandering through the urban geography of Southampton, exploring alternative routes into and out of Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle".

The work presented was a non-linear archive comprised of artifacts, articles and imagery collected from KINGDOM's locational expeditions thus far, covering thematics as broad as seaside nostaligia and the sublime, consciousness and small hats to re-wilding and experiential supermarket housing.

As part of the public programme, KINGDOM hosted their 'Rubbish Edition' in Marchwood, Southampton.

KINGDOM was a self organised project, co-founded by Ellie Wyatt and Kerri Jefferis that sadly now lay normant. See here.