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

Inventions For Radio (1964)/Vertigo Bird

Although she spent much of her active career in relative anonymity, the sounds created by Delia Derbyshire and her colleagues at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (David Cain, Daphne Oram, John Baker, Malcolm Clarke, Peter Howell, Paddy Kingsland and others) have seeped deep into the culture. She is best known for her 1963 arrangement of Ron Grainer’s theme for … Continue reading

The Thread

The Thread, as its title suggests, is a text woven together, produced as a response to the Write Here workshops held at Nottingham Contemporary and Bilborough Library & Community Centre during February 2011. Its form echoes that of the exhibitions by Jack Goldstein and Anne Collier from which we took our inspiration. Where those artists … Continue reading

Wendy Houstoun: 50 Acts

The last time I saw Wendy Houstoun was in The Space at Nottingham Contemporary about a year ago, when she performed the rather wonderful Keep Dancing, a piece in which her solo performance merged with narration, film and other media in a way that both extended our sense of scale (this one woman performing alone on a vast stage … Continue reading

March Workshops (Overview)

All workshops will be taking place in the Meeting Room  at Nottingham Contemporary from 5 – 7pm on the first four Thursdays in March. More infomation is available at the website, though these sessions are now fully booked. However, I’ll be in the Study from 3 – 5pm (ahead of the workshops) on all the … Continue reading

Trade Gallery

On Saturday lunchtime I stopped by at the freshly relaunched Trade Gallery to have a look at the first installation in the new downstairs location (formerly, the gallery occupied a tiny white room up a couple of flights of stairs: it’s now larger, much easier to find and a bit smarter than it was, but the ethos of small … 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