Finding Treblinka: London

Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide, 6 July – 15 September 2016

The Wiener Library’s new exhibition will explore the Nazi labour and extermination camps of Treblinka using the ground-breaking research of Staffordshire University archaeologist Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls and artistic responses to the topic curated by Michael Branthwaite.

For the first time in the UK, this archaeological work will be adapted and displayed along with specially commissioned artworks by Michael Branthwaite, Janine Goldsworthy, Dave Griffiths, Hilary Jack and Jenny Steele.

Through the team’s unique, predominantly non-invasive approach, a more accurate picture of the camps has emerged. At the same time, religious and ethical considerations surrounding their investigation have been respected. This work allowed the old gas chambers, mass graves and a large number of objects to be located. The innovative exhibition includes highlights from the Library’s collections, such as a contemporary map of Treblinka, Nazi documentation and testimony from survivors. It examines the history and architecture of the camps and the forensic archaeological process that helped reveal the camp’s history. The exhibition also explores the application of art as a means to provide access to scientific and historic data.

Sit, I Don’t: Manchester School of Art

16 June 2016, Manchester School of Art 

Interactive Arts badgeSit, I Don’tIA Symposium #1 is an event exploring the innovative perspective that BA Interactive Arts (Manchester School of Art) occupies as a model of education and a collection of singular practices. The symposium is organised by Helen Collet, Olivia Glasser and Dave Griffiths.

Through taking an autonomous stand on the formation of their art-school educational experiences, comes the freedom for our students to discover and place new practices in wider contexts: Your adventure in the force of creativity translates into productive action in the world”.  The symposium features presentations by guest speakers and recent graduates, plus exchanges of practices between a cross-section of current students. Plus the launch of Interactive Arts’ Badge Campaign.

With: Kim McAleese (Grand Union), Rob Carter & Lauren Velvick (ECLUB), Darren Murphy (Forma) and Sarah Unwin (FutureEverything).  The symposium title, Sit, I Don’t stems from ‘Stand, I Don’t’; the Charles Esche/de Appel CP interview in Curating and the Educational Turn (eds. P. O’Neill & M. Wilson, 2010) around understanding art and the educational realm.

BRÖKE: Manchester

Manchester Art Gallery, 14 May 2015, 6-9pm, freeBROKE

BRÖKE was a student-curated engagement project organised by Dave Griffiths and Chara Lewis with Kate Jesson as part of Manchester School of Art’s Unit X.  BRÖKE culminated in a Thursday Late gallery takeover event in response to MAG’s summer design-based exhibitions, House Proud and Eastern Exchange.  During two weeks immersion in the learning programme, students observed public engagement in the gallery, and critically discussed issues raised by both shows – including the borders between design and art practices, and questions of value, austerity, consumerism and sustainability. The event included interactive engagement, tours, video and  interventions by the students and invited artists, including a furniture delivery performance, making and parading a quilt banner, plus netsuke, upcycled pallets, ideal interior design, percussion & song, and kintsukuori workshop using smashed ceramics.

Society for Visual Education

35mm filmstrip performance, 180 mins

Depicting a 20th century view of globalised labour and trade, through an archive of vintage geography teaching filmstrips and multiple projectors. Performed during Film Material Toast, Federation House Manchester, 10 April 2015.

Film Material Toast

ToastWillHost, Federation House, Manchester, 10-12 April 2015, 6-9pm Friday for performances, exhibition continues 12-6pm Sat-Sun.

FILM MATERIAL presents performance and screenings to mark the ending of artistic labour at Federation House. We co-operatively respond to Co-operative’s NOMA land-bank, bought and sold since 1843. A critical rehearsal of ideas about land, time, precarity and work.



Kelvin Brown’s cassette archive Johannesburg Tapes captures stories about South African music, exploring the fractured histories of the city.  Clara Casian shows her cut-up documentary Corridor2, about the 1970s Manchester radical publisher Savoy Books. Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan’s Off the Trail, filmed in the former military defences and rural Beat hangout of San Francisco. Ahmed & Carpenter’s Observing (the Work of Amateurs) documents their amateur academic labour in writing a conference paper.  Chris Paul Daniels glimpses lives of residents and workers from Birmingham’s Digbeth and Bordesley communities, in his recent film You are Here. In Desert SitesJoe Duffy shows Super 8 shot at the Star Wars Saharan film sets. Using multiple 35mm projectors to perform Society for Visual Education, Dave Griffiths depicts globalised labour through an archive of geography filmstrips, and Sam Meech creates Knit RGB Disco using a Brother knitting machine. Plus Black Fever-Flitters, a live video smokescreen & audio improv by James Snazell.