Unearthed: an Exhibition of Digital Media Excavations

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My residency at Florence Mine, Egremont comes comes to an end next week with a group exhibition alongside the Cumbrian artists I’ve been mentoring. Fingers crossed I get my works finished! Check out the fantastic flyer designed by William Daw. Press release below:

Exhibition Launch 5.30pm – 8pm Thursday 7th February

Open: 10.30am – 4.30pm daily from Friday 8th– Wednesday 13th September

Florence Mine, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2NR

“Unearthed” is an exciting exhibition of new digital artworks by Cumbrian artists. Developed as part of a residency at the mine with artist and ‘videosmith’, Sam Meech, the project is hosted by Signal Films and funded by Arts Council England to provide local artists, photographers and filmmakers new opportunities working in digital art.

The show features several impressive new moving image installations, including a time-lapse film exploring coastal erosion, a digitally painted animation of live sushi, and a hypnotic HD video installation of soil particles suspended in oil.

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Film of coastal erosion by Lynne Hallet

The residency took place from October 2012 to Feb 2013, and the participating artists were introduced to production techniques including stop-motion animation, video editing and sound recording. For the exhibition, the artists have been responding to the setting of the mine, creating works that examine the notion of ‘unearthing’, through found footage, animation, video and documentary. The artists involved in the project have also been contributing to a blog with posts on the progress of their works, which can be found at www.viewfromflorencemine.wordpress.com

Florence Mine owner Gilbert Finlayson features in a video installation about a recently collapse mine - 'Gillfoot No. 2'

Florence Mine owner Gilbert Finlayson features in a video installation about a recently collapse mine – ‘Gillfoot No. 2′

Artist in residence Sam Meech uses a wide range of media including digital projection design, analogue video hardware, and interactive media systems. His films have been shown at festivals across the UK, and he continues develop projects with artists and communities in the North West. During his residency Sam has developed new work in response to his time spent at Florence Mine and the surrounding area. As part of the exhibition, Meech is exhibiting an eerie video installation featuring remixed accounts of the recent mine shaft collapse, as well as a concrete ‘gravestone’ for encasing digital media.

still from View From Here film by Sam Meech

still from View From Here film by Sam Meech

Nicola Fitzsimmons, The View From Here Project Manager at Signal Films said:

‘We are really excited about the exhibition and looking forward to promoting this group of talented local artists. Everyone is welcome to join us at the opening. We hope lots of people will come over and see the exhibition during the week that the show is up if they can’t make it for the opening night.

There aren’t many opportunities for Cumbrian based artists to have the support and the opportunity to showcase their work. Working alongside an artist in residence has provided a new source of inspiration to cumbrian artists and as a result some really engaging and thought provoking, stimulating work has been created that encourages you to see the familiar in different ways.’

The project has been funded by: Arts Council England, Barrow Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, The Hadfield Charitable Trust and the European Social Fund.

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