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12 Jul


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Noah’s Ark in Cyclovision

July 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

A few pictures of the Noah’s Ark film installation at Castlefield Gallery as part of the Spaceship Unbound exhibition. The most striking aspect of this installation is the fact it is powered by Cyclovision – an invention by Bob of the HacMan collective – utilising pedal power and a Raspberry Pi interface to create a system that asks audiences to ‘charge up’ the projector before playing the film.

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16 Jun


Spaceship Unbound at Castlefield Gallery

June 16, 2013 | By |


My film ‘Noah’s Ark’ will be screening as part of an unusual bicycle-powered installation at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester from Friday 21st June – Sunday 28th July:

Co-curated with MadLab, Spaceship Unbound uses Margaret Atwood’s seminal post apocalyptic novel The Year of the Flood as a starting point exploring the issues of survival in a world turned back to year zero. The project includes contributions from the artists and collectives, Anne-Marie Culhane, Dark Mountain, GameJam Collective (GameJam, The Larks, Manchester SpecFic) Hackspace Manchester, Ellie Harrison, Rowena Hughes, Aliyah Hussain, Sam Meech and Volkov Commanders (Aliyah Hussain, Mariel Osborn and Anna Beam). Their works explore survivalist culture and creation mythology, through story telling, writing, gaming, performance and sculpture.

Hackspace Manchester is a community run art, science and technology club that will show a series of sun jars and Lazarus pointers made by visitors to the gallery and Cyclevision, a bicycle generator to show a film by Sam Meech. Visitors to the gallery will be encouraged to self generate power in order to watch the film.

read more about the exhibition here


19 Aug


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‘Time back way back – Babel Fiche and the post-apocalytic archive’

August 19, 2012 | By | No Comments

“O what we ben! And what we come to …How cud any 1 not want to get that shining Power back from time back way back? How cud any 1 not want to be like them what had boats in the air and picters on the wind? How cud any 1 not want to see them shining weals terning?” – excerpt from Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban

The above lament is taken from Russell Hoban”s post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel, Riddley Walker – a story set in a future England, in which society is living through a new iron age. Fragments of the previous world are dug up from the dirt, or passed down the generations in broken english, to form the myths that underpin there current ”civilisation”. The main character, Riddley, is haunted by the evidence of a previous society that was far more technologically advanced, and yet sewed the seeds of its own destruction in the “1Big1”. A similar kind of post-apocalytic shamanism forms the basis for Dave Griffith”s Babel Fiche film, currently showing at the Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

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