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Film Material Toast

ToastWillHost, Federation House, Manchester, 10-12 April 2015, 6-9pm Friday for performances, exhibition continues 12-6pm Sat-Sun.

FILM MATERIAL presents performance and screenings to mark the ending of artistic labour at Federation House. We co-operatively respond to Co-operative’s NOMA land-bank, bought and sold since 1843. A critical rehearsal of ideas about land, time, precarity and work.



Kelvin Brown’s cassette archive Johannesburg Tapes captures stories about South African music, exploring the fractured histories of the city.  Clara Casian shows her cut-up documentary Corridor2, about the 1970s Manchester radical publisher Savoy Books. Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan’s Off the Trail, filmed in the former military defences and rural Beat hangout of San Francisco. Ahmed & Carpenter’s Observing (the Work of Amateurs) documents their amateur academic labour in writing a conference paper.  Chris Paul Daniels glimpses lives of residents and workers from Birmingham’s Digbeth and Bordesley communities, in his recent film You are Here. In Desert SitesJoe Duffy shows Super 8 shot at the Star Wars Saharan film sets. Using multiple 35mm projectors to perform Society for Visual Education, Dave Griffiths depicts globalised labour through an archive of geography filmstrips, and Sam Meech creates Knit RGB Disco using a Brother knitting machine. Plus Black Fever-Flitters, a live video smokescreen & audio improv by James Snazell.