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

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

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

Sylvia Plath

On February 11 1963, exactly 48 years ago today, the American poet Sylvia Plath took her own life at a flat on Fitzroy Road in London where W.B. Yeats had once lived, following her separation from Ted Hughes, a spectacularly harsh winter and the return of the depressive illness that had periodically affected her throughout … 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