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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.

#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.

Misdirect Movies: Coventry

meter-room

The Meter Room, Coventry, 9 November – 1 December 2013

Rosa BarbaAndrew BraceyDave GriffithsCathy LomaxElizabeth McAlpineDavid 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.  

Film Material Soup #5

Rogue Project Space, 17 July 2013

James and ChrisA summer gathering of Film material SoupChris Paul Daniels talked about his film Premier/Divisions, and other projects made during his Nairobi residency, coinciding with the Kenyan elections. Chris is currently exhibiting in the Rogue Project Space. Dave Griffiths presented his E6 and vinyl window installation Extinction Event, made for Phoenix Square, and his residency with NASA’s Swift satellite telescope based at Leicester University. James Snazell showed some recent digital animations. Sarah Hill spoke about the Video Jam collective and events, and showed some of her recent videos.