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.
Cornerhouse, 26 September 2013, 6pm, free
“Join us for the launch of a new Cornerhouse publication exploring new possibilities of collage using material gleaned from cinema’s near endless supply of imagery. Misdirect Movies is a touring exhibition featuring Andrew Bracey, Cathy Lomax, Dave Griffiths, David Reed, Elizabeth McAlpine, John Rimmer and Rosa Barba.
This beautifully illustrated publication is designed by Mike Carney and features newly commissioned texts by writers from cinema, art and literature: Jaimie Baron, Andrew Bracey, Sam George, Sir Christopher Frayling, John Rimmer and Maria Walsh.
Extract from review, Art Monthly 369, September 2013, pp.24-25
“So in Misdirect Movies we have contemporary artists building on and reprising modernist activity, but doing so not as pastiche for the benefit of the market, but as distancing devices from cinema. The acknowledged principle for the show may be collage and the rearrangement of cinemas’s infinite supply of imagery – it is infinite because it grows faster than our capacity to appraise or rearrange it – but the outcome is something beyond cinema. I was especially taken by Dave Griffiths’ presentation of tiny, almost unintelligible images on glass slides, to be viewed through a microscope. The slides themselves, and the demand that one put them in the apparatus and focus it, recalled the materiality of proto-cinematic devices in the 19th century – not the precursors of cinema, but rather evolutionary paths that weren’t pursued. So too the creation of a flow of images, one slide after another, required a body rather than dematerialising it. The microscope also brought the viewer back to the history of optics, the idea of fixing the object in sight, and the need for the precision lens with which to do it.”
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The Royal Standard, Liverpool, 16-31 March, Fri-Sun 12-5pm Rosa Barba, Andrew Bracey, Dave Griffiths, Cathy Lomax, Elizabeth McAlpine, David Reed and John Rimmer
Curated by Andrew Bracey and John Rimmer: “The art in this visually exciting group exhibition continues the lineage of collage; to cut up, reposition and (re)arrange cinema’s near endless supply of imagery. Orson Welles’ unfinished version of Don Quixote features a scene where Quixote slashes at a screen in a cinema. This scene acts as a lynchpin for the ideas contained within the curatorial strategy of this exhibition, expanding on the notion of Quixotic, intertexturality and the slippage of reality and illusion. Michel Foucault has said in The Order of Things about Cervantes novel; “With all the twists and turns, Don Quixote’s adventures form the boundary: they mark the end of the old interplay between resemblance and signs and contain the beginnings of new relations.” The selected artists employ digital collage to cut and paste cinematic imagery, exploring diverse ways to work with narrative and new forms of materiality. With access to digital formats, of the internet and film digitisation, artists appropriate films to create different and innovative approaches to collage. This makes us look anew at, and re-address, the familiarity of moving image, media and the cinema space; a hybridised ‘cinematic’ experience. As Nicolas Bourriaud states in Postproduction: “an ever increasing number of artworks have been created on the basis of pre-existing works, more and more artists interpret, reproduce, re-exhibit, or use works made by others or available cultural products.” The artists in this show exploit the possibilities outlined by Bourriaud to mine cinema’s new digital archive using projections, monitor-based work, digital prints, painting and microfiche.
Rogue Studios, Manchester, 18 April 2012
Film-Material-Soup is an informal crit group in Manchester for artists working with film, photography, light and video. It is hosted by Joe Duffy and Dave Griffiths.
At the first meeting was Jenny Baines (absurd Beckettian performance struggles in 16mm), Clara Casian, Chris Daniels (Unravel hand-marked film), Joe Duffy (GPS experiments), Dave Griffiths (cue-dot filmworks), Emma Hardaker, Amy Lawrence, Kate Murphy, Mary Stark (woven film tapestries), and Claire Thomas (button film hand-exposed on 35mm). Carrot and coriander soup with bagels was served at lunchtime. Yum!