The Ballad of George Barrington

The Ballad of George Barrington is a travel- and reseach project about the life of the notorious pickpocket whose career brought him from the aristocratic circles in late 18th century London to Australia, where he became chief of police in Paramatta. The book will be an essential component of this artistic research project, featuring amongst other findings, original transcripts of the court cases against Barrington, that will be published for the first time. In addition to photographic testimonies, the book will combine real as well as created documents and objects related to Barrington. Barrington is ahead of his time when it comes to media self-marketing, his motivation being a craving for recognition and the pleasure he takes when performing his speeches in public.

The project is a search for stolen goods, documents, precious and mundane objects, persons and their relations to one another. Since its start in 2015 the project is being realised during research travels to Dublin, London, St. Petersburg, Paris and Sydney.