22 March 2012
Sat 5 – Sun 27 May, Mon – Fri 11am – 7pm; Sat / Sun 11am – 5pm
University of Brighton Gallery
To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Patrick Hamilton – iconic author, saloon bar laureate and former Hove resident – this unique art installation revisits his most famous work.
‘Earls Court in the rain… The summer had crashed: it had crashed at Brighton: it would never rise again. Only rain now – the grey wet end of hope and love.’
Set in the seamy watering holes of Earls Court and a rain-swept Brighton on the cusp of World War II, Hangover Square is widely regarded as Patrick Hamilton’s masterpiece. Now Cinecity, designer/artist Anna Deamer and students from the University of Brighton and City College present a film set for an imaginary screen version of this bleak hymn to obsessive desire.
Two interiors, inextricably linked, form the heart of the exhibition: in the South Gallery a smart Brighton hotel room; in the north, a seedy London flat where the climactic crime scene is re-imagined. Offering connections and clues to the rest of this darkly comic novel, the exhibition also allows the viewer to weave their own narratives upon the empty rooms.
Created for Cinecity’s 10th anniversary.
Presented by Cinecity. Commissioned by HOUSE 2012, in association with the University of Brighton and Brighton Festival. Supported by the National Lottery and Arts Council England.
With help from ARRI, City College, Brighton Film School, Exhibit Print and Jamesons.