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Talk

Approaching Sellafield

Sellafield, 23 January 2017

Ele Carpenter (Goldsmiths University/Arts Catalyst) and Dave Griffiths travelled with producer Beatrice Pickup and presenter Gordon Young to the Greycroft Stone Circle and Sellafield nuclear site, Cumbria, UK to record for a BBC Radio 4 documentary, Radioactive Art, scheduled for broadcast on 2 March 2017.  Read Ele’s full report on the Nuclear Cultures blog.

 

Towards a new concept of the Art School

The Precarious University/Chorlton Arts Festival, Sunday 22 May, 2016

The symposium aimed to form a critical discourse on the art school’s history and potential, and construct a radically open and popular concept of the art school for the 21st century within the unique surroundings of the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World, in a Chorlton back garden. The Precarious University is a collaboration between @.ac and Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre, and the symposium was attended by artists, students and members of Islington Mill Art Academy and School of the Damned.  The resulting dialogue between participants is transcribed, in abridged form, here.

With: Andy Broadey, Jasmir Creed, David Daly, Dave Griffiths, Claire Hignett, Ahmed Hassan, Jane Lawson, Giles Marshall, Nathanial Mason, Richard Miles, Bob Nancollis, Dr Amanda Ravetz and Lisa Risbec.

Film Material #13: Winter Soup

Rogue Studios, 19 November 2014, 5-9pm

Another seasonal show-and-tell, of international photographic adventures. Ahead of his CFCCA show, Chris Paul Daniels test-screened his latest twin-screen video, A Tiger’s Skin. Shot during his journey with Transnational Dialogues Chinese Caravan 2014, to Hong Kong and five Chinese cities, Chris’ film is a contemporary echo of Chung Kuo, Cina. Revisiting similar locations to Antonioni’s 1972 feature, and reframing aspects of China’s economic, cultural and recreational daily life, Chris’s work highlights how documentary assumes authenticity, and the how the filmmaker struggles to speak about otherness. It’s also a subtle study of the photographic as a regime possibly more powerful than nation-states and broader geopolitical structures.

In another Asian project, Dave Griffiths reported on his and Joe Duffy’s field trip to Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city in 2013, and his recently completed commission for Full Circle Arts. The plain our bed the stars our blanket is a Google API hack, hosting Dave’s dense, navigable photo-collages of various locations in a depopulated mining mega-city of Inner Mongolia. Featuring pit heads, power stations, migrant workers, leisure zones and failing real-estate projects, his microfiche and online work documents a brief extinction event, the GDP-driven life and death of Xanadu.

Jo Byrne presented her poetic, acutely observed stills photographed during a visit to the redundant Coney Island resort of lower Brooklyn. In her depictions of the uncanny, of broken freakshow attractions and seaside surrealism, we were again reminded of photography’s potential for weird anthropology within the fractured remains.

#13 Winter Soup

Film Material Soup, Rogue Studios, 19 November 2014, 5-9pm

Another seasonal show-and-tell, of international photographic adventures by Jo Byrne, Chris Paul Daniels and Dave Griffiths.

Ahead of his CFCCA show, Chris Paul Daniels test-screened his latest twin-screen video, A Tiger’s Skin. Shot during his journey with Transnational Dialogues Chinese Caravan 2014, to Hong Kong and five Chinese cities, Chris’ film is a contemporary echo of Chung Kuo, Cina. Revisiting similar locations to Antonioni’s 1972 feature, and reframing aspects of China’s economic, cultural and recreational daily life, Chris’s work highlights how documentary assumes authenticity, and the how the filmmaker struggles to speak about otherness. It’s also a subtle study of the photographic as a regime possibly more powerful than nation-states and broader geopolitical structures.

In another Asian project, Dave Griffiths reported on his and Joe Duffy’s field trip to Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city in 2013, and his recently completed commission for Full Circle Arts. The plain our bed the stars our blanket is a Google API hack, hosting Dave’s dense, navigable photo-collages of various locations in a depopulated mining mega-city of Inner Mongolia. Featuring pit heads, power stations, migrant workers, leisure zones and failing real-estate projects, his microfiche and online work documents a brief extinction event, the GDP-driven life and death of Xanadu.

Jo Byrne presented her poetic, acutely observed stills photographed during a visit to the redundant Coney Island resort of lower Brooklyn. In her depictions of the uncanny, of broken freakshow attractions and seaside surrealism, we were again reminded of photography’s potential for weird anthropology within the fractured remains.

Film Material #10: Spring Soup

Rogue Studios, 12 March 2014

We got together for a long overdue day, of soup and place-oriented work-in-progress. Chris Paul Daniels presented his R&D residency at Newbridge Projects in Newcastle, which blended concerns about Northern-ness and methods he previously explored in Nairobi, such as ethnographic interviews. Chris showed stop-frame takes of Newcastle’s architecture overlaid with voices, to indicate the difficulty of defining regional identity.

Matt Bamber talked about his film research in the hidden spaces of Northern historic buildings such as Chethams’s Library, Bolton Museum’s industrial collection and Wythenshaw Hall. He shoots long, immersive takes through their windows, capturing inner and outer worlds of stasis and sudden movement, such as the differing views from John and Elizabeth’s writing rooms at Gaskell House onto the Ardwick streets. There’s a lovely connection between projections of windows and the film projector as window, harking back to the Markerian photo essay, and further to Lumieres cine-postcards and the cinema of attractions.

Mary Stark discussed her recent residency at the former La Escocesa textile factory in Barcelona, along with Hannah Leighton Boyce. She set up a makeshift darkroom in the bathroom and kitchen with household utensils to bleach film, splice fabrics, and contact-print lace and ribbon sourced from Encants flea market. In crafting sculptural, sonic sketches with one-foot pieces of 16mm, Mary’s process celebrates making ‘feminine noise’ in a male-dominated history of film. Mary also showed The Last Yarn exhibited in Salts Mill near Bradford, made in collaboration with Hannah LB.