Dave Griffiths explores photographic images as lenses through which we commemorate and navigate history. He combines image fragments and acts of durational seeing, in hybrid assemblages of film, animation, sound, print and data. His compressed narrative maps consider media artefacts as observatories for locating our being in deep time and space.
Currently Dave is using the material and historical potential of analogue microfilm to depict transition, chaos and extinction. As an archival media durable for 500 years, microfilm can be understood as a mythological solution to digital insecurity. He recently worked with forensic archaeologists in response to new evidence of execution sites at Treblinka, and with astronomers observing deep-field gamma-ray bursts. Through participation with art and science communities, Dave Griffiths encourages us to speculate about the future survival and reception of images, and what it means to transmit and translate contemporary information through deep time.
Dave Griffiths is an organiser of Manchester’s Film Material. In 2012 he was in Tripoli’s first ever video art exhibition. His 2012 solo exhibition Babel Fiche at Castlefield Gallery was supported by Film and Video Umbrella and MIRIAD. His Griffiths Cue-Dot Observatory is a series of videos, prints and film installations investigating an archaeology of movie changeovers. Griffiths exhibits internationally, and work has been profiled in Art Monthly, Corridor8, The Guardian, Flash Art, Aesthetica, AN and numerous publications. From 1997-2000, he was a member of rock/performance collective Whitecube. Dave Griffiths teaches at Manchester School of Art.