Sum Tyms Bytin Sum Tyms Bit is a new artist film, from Feral Practice, drawing resonance between themes of power, fragility and exploitation in Kent’s landscapes, and the forces at work in Russell Hoban’s cult 1980 novel Riddley Walker. In the post-apocalyptic world of the novel, inhabitants of ‘Inland’ (East Kent) mythologise the fragments of a lost civilization destroyed by human ambition. In our current times, alive to the climate crisis, global disease vectors, species extinction and postcolonial extraction, the plot is provocative and salutary.  

With Covid 19 we are experiencing profound insight into our own vulnerabilities, and the unpredictable consequences of our exploitative relationship with animals and the land. In the film, Feral Practice probes sites of power in East Kent, including Faversham’s explosive past, Thanet Earth’s constant day, and Sellindge’s high voltage present, and adjunct spaces that provide refuge to rare flora and fauna, where wild creatures live circumscribed lives in isolation from their kind.

We are planning to show the film in Folkestone and Canterbury. Locations, timings and booking details will follow in due course.