The Creeping Terror of Childhood

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‘Scarfolk is a town stuck in a perpetual loop of the 1970s. It’s in the northwest of England, but it could be almost anywhere in Britain. I created it because I’m in interested in, amongst other things, memory and how it changes. Memories are relative; they give the illusion of objectivity, but of course they’re actually highly subjective, dynamically so, and are defined as much by the changing present as the past. I initially wanted to preserve my earliest childhood memories before I lose them completely. I wanted to create an archive of sorts. But I’m also a bit like that Spanish woman who botched the Ecce Homo painting and created ‘potato Jesus’ – I fill in the inevitable gaps in memories and ultimately create something different to a ‘restoration’. But I don’t mind that I’m not objective or that my ‘gap-filling’ leans toward the grotesque because subjectivity is inevitable.’

Once safely pronounced rabies-free, I visited the hauntological nightmare that is Scarfolk and lived to tell the tale. Here’s my interview with its mayor Richard Littler.

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