Monday, 1 April 2013

Welcome to Scarfolk!

Scarfolk. An English every-town perpetually trapped in the 1970s. It's very normal there. Children are run over, drown, contract rabies and are molested on a daily basis. When not perishing they sing along to IRA telephone bomb threats and are issued with textbooks like Foreigners & How to Spot Them.

Thankfully, Scarfolk is not real. It is the brainchild of the immensely talented Richard Littler (the self-styled town Mayor). He mines the public information films, manuals and cultural detritus of the decade to produce out-of-place artifacts which are both hilarious and terrifying in equal measure. The power of his pieces comes from the fact they could (almost) be real. In the 70s there was a school of thought that children were best educated by showing them the potential consequences of their (ill-advised) actions. Thus a whole genre of 'scare-formation' posters and films exists. Littler pushes these just a little bit further and in do doing he tests our notions of how we educate our children.

The Creative Review has just published an excellent interview with Littler in which he talks about his methods and influences. Stop, look and listen to him as he evokes our collective memories of growing up in the 1970s.

1 comment:

  1. "Most minor conditions will go away on their own or with the help of witchcraft." Simply brilliant. Vivid memories of the 1970s - thanks so much for posting these.