Rogue Project Space, Manchester, 30 November 2013, 7pm FREE
An event by Film Material Soup, to celebrate the current Rogue PS exhibition Frogfullness by Savinder Bual, curated by Ahmed & Carpenter. Expect live 16mm and laser interventions by Jo Byrne/OKO and Dave Lynch from Leeds. Plus new projector and digital performances from Mary Stark and Sam Meech. Also a screening of recent work on video, 16mm and Super 8 by Jenny Baines, Birkbeck & Duffy, Jacob Cartwright, Jenna Collins, Callum Cooper, Chris Paul Daniels, Dave Griffiths and Ben Gwilliam. Cosmetics, soup, mulled wine, fish heads, flying and failing, from some of the UK’s most excellent artists.
Microfiche 148 x 105mm, Duratrans lightbox 320 x 380mm, audio recordings, 23 & 8 mins.
On 13 March 2013 a short gamma-ray burst (GRB) lasting 300 milliseconds was observed exploding in the constellation Serpens. The microfiche and lightbox archives photographic metadata from this brief cataclysm – in X-ray, ultra-violet and optical spectrums, along with images of the observers and their environment. In the teleconference recording, the SWIFT X-ray satellite team verify their detection of radiation from GRB130313A, originating billions of years ago in the early Universe. The international team of astronomers also plan further deep-field target observations using the SWIFT telescope. In the second recording, Dr Kim Page describes the fictional apocalypse of GRB impact on a biosphere such as Earth.
Produced during Dave Griffiths’
residency at X-ray and Observational Astronomy Group
, University of Leicester. Featuring the voices of Dr Ben Gompertz, Burst Advocate, Dr Kim Page and Dr Phil Evans, Data Centre Scientists (University of Leicester); Professor John Nousek, Mission Director, Dr Boris Sbarufatti, Science Planner, Dr Mike Siegel, Observatory Duty Scientist, and Dr Dave Burrows, XRT Principal Investigator (Penn State University, USA); Dr Scott Barthelmy & Dr Neil Gehrels, Swift BAT Lead Scientists (Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA). Thanks to Professor Julian Osborne, X-ray and Observational Astronomy Group.
The Meter Room, Coventry, 9 November – 1 December 2013
Rosa Barba, Andrew Bracey, Dave Griffiths, Cathy Lomax, Elizabeth McAlpine, David Reed and John Rimmer
Misdirect Movies is a touring exhibition curated by Andrew Bracey and John Rimmer. Join Dave Griffiths, Sunday 2nd December 3pm, in a discussion of his new commission for the show, Extinction Event GRB130313A.
From: Emily Gosling, review of Frequency13, Design Week, 21 October
“Another incredible and incongruous space that makes the most of the juxtapositions between futuristic artwork and the city’s crumbling medieval past is the Bath House next to Lincoln Castle, where Dave Griffiths’ work Babel Fiche is running. The 18-minute video piece was formed from moving-image content donated to the artist, which was then compressed onto microfilm to form a strange, non-linear ‘time capsule’. The piece explores how archivist of the future will view our continually-recorded present, which – as one of the video’s many narrators puts it – ‘we flick from scene to scene without observing’.
Through the endlessly shifting footage of a dead mouse, rubbish dump, clubbers, line dancers, pretty girls, planes, a young family in a suburban high street, riots and skimming pebbles by the sea, Griffiths places all imagery on a level plane. The non-hierarchical, non-linear treatment of the scenes questions what recorded fragments from today will be valuable in future; and whether our constant desire to record and document our time is, deep down, a manifestation of our ‘fearing the crime of disappearance’.”
Read the full review of Frequency13
The Bath House, Lincoln Castle, 18-26 October 2013
Babel Fiche tours to Lincoln Castle as part of Frequency Festival of Digital Culture, a biennial festival hosted in the city of Lincoln, providing a platform to celebrate the pioneering spirit of digital innovation and culture through exhibition, creative collision and debate. Click here for Dave Griffiths interview.