Faking a Correspondence (Holcombe to Paolozzi, 1968)

In response to Yelena Popova‘s request to create a bookmark for a designated book in the Study’s library at Nottingham Contemporary, I chose to fabricate a piece of archive material from the ongoing story of Robert Holcombe: a correspondence with Eduardo Paolozzi had already been referred to in passing in the construction of this fiction, … Continue reading

In Production: Esther Johnson, Blue Firth, Alexander Stevenson

Three artists previewed three film works in The Space on Wednesday night as part of an ongoing series of events under the In Production title, curated by Beth Bramich. Previous sessions have screened and offered a platform for discussions of works by Ian Nesbitt and Catherine Hunter and Alun Armstrong, while last night’s presentation featured new moving … Continue reading

Hollis Frampton: Zorns Lemma (1970)

On Thursday night, it was a pleasure to follow the final residency session in the Study and the last of our March Workshops with a chance to view Hollis Frampton‘s 1970 film Zorns Lemma, projected on 16mm on a big screen in The Space.  Frampton is widely regarded as one of the key figures in American underground … Continue reading

A Swim Against The Tide

On Thursday Jean Fisher gave a lecture on Jack Goldstein’s work in The Space under the title A Swim Against The Tide – a reference to his own 7″ record featuring the sound of a swimmer trying to push against the current of an ocean. It proved an apt heading, partly because during Morgan Fisher’s … Continue reading

37 Years/Standard Gauge: Film As Substance

Last December, Annexinema presented a themed programme of screenings linked to the history of film at Hucknall’s disused Byron Cinema, which occupies the floor above a busy bingo hall. One of the films included was a haunting silent short from the archives of ATV Today showing the process of Refining Silver From Television and Cinema … Continue reading

Final Workshop For February

This week saw the final session in the first series of workshops, bringing the sessions full circle with a return visit by the group to Nottingham Contemporary after an introductory session at the beginning of the month and two sessions at Bilborough Library and Community Centre making our own responses to Jack Goldstein’s Text Totems … Continue reading

Third Workshop: Sounds

The third workshop in our series of four (following the group’s first visit to Nottingham Contemporary to see the Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier exhibitions and our session making Text Totems at Bilborough Community Centre last week) involved a bit of preparation the night before. Specifically, it involved rummaging through the ever-present pile of records found … Continue reading

Appropriations (I): Communiques from the Years of Revolt

Appropriations (I): Communiques from the Years of Revolt (1968 – 1971) These texts are only slightly manipulated, mainly to change names and other identifying details relating to the individuals who wrote them. Their originals were found handwritten on the reverse sides of postcards pasted into the album seen above, each text here transcribed from the reverse side … Continue reading

Second Workshop: Text Totems

The second workshop in our first series – working with a group from Bilborough Community Centre alongside Nottingham Contemporary associate artist Jo Dacombe – took place today, but this time, instead of taxis bringing the group to Weekday Cross, it was our turn to gather materials and head to Bilborough, where we’d be picking up … Continue reading

Translation as Appropriation?

Artist Henrietta Simson presented a talk yesterday evening on the subject of appropriation in her own work, a theme highly relevant to both Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier, who often create new works from re-photographing, manipulating and referencing existing material. Collier’s Woman With A Camera consists of frames from the 1978 film Eyes of Laura Mars, … Continue reading