Thursday 7 February
Friday 8th February
The art group Alt Går Bra presented an international conference exploring the political and artistic role of the mimeograph.
Mimeographs are the stuff of legends for anyone studying alternative and underground publications. Mimeograph machines democratised the printing and publishing medium, enabling a host of political and artistic groups to disseminate ideas outside of the mainstream printing presses, and establishing international artistic and political networks.
With the aim of encouraging a new perspective on mimeo publications, the conference brought together historians of art and visual culture from the UK, USA, Italy and Japan to discuss the impact of the mimeograph in the 20th century and what it can teach us today.
The conference coincided with Alt Går Bra’s exhibition The Art of the Gestetner at Bruce Castle Museum, featuring over 150 mimeo’d publications, newspapers and other documents, alongside mimeographed works by Alt Går Bra.
For more information about the exhibition visit: https://goo.gl/UMNnzc
A duplicating publishing workshop with BA (Hons) Architecture Year 3 StudioDS(3)1 coincided with the conference.
The conference programme and workshop are organised in collaboration with Jane Tankard, Senior Lecturer/ Architect (RIBA ARB) and Tom Grove, visiting lecturer.
Alt Går Bra is an art and research group exploring the intersections between art and politics through exhibitions and publications. www.altgarbra.org
Image Credit: Gestetner Head Office News. The Art of the Gestetner exhibition, Bruce Castle Museum and Haringey Archives.
13 – 17 March 2019
The Kodak carousel slide projector has continued to be used by contemporary artists around the world for the past 15 years, despite no longer being produced since 2004. Now considered obsolete, the slide projector has come to evoke the past. The story of media history is often defined by the advent of technology, so the continued artistic use of an apparatus long after its industrial demise challenges this story. In the age of swipe and scroll, the ‘forgotten’ medium in the history of media technology gives us a moment to reconsider what we have lost and gained in the digital evolution.
This exhibition showcased eleven installations made by international artists after 2004, celebrating not only the heritage of the medium but also its extension into the contemporary context. Blackout, the title of the exhibition, refers to a distinctive characteristic of the slide projector: the intermittent moments of darkness between the projected slides. Unlike analogue film projection, which operates similarly, the slide projection’s low frame rate makes the oscillation between light and darkness visible to the human eye and distinctly felt. The title also references historical amnesia and collectively suppressed memories that many of the artworks call for us to remember.
This exhibition was curated by Julian Ross, CREAM Research Fellow, and is based on the research he conducted for his Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at CREAM, University of Westminster. The exhibition was first presented at Kunsthal Rotterdam during International Film Festival Rotterdam, 24 January - 3 February, and will travel to Greylight Projects, Brussels, in April 2019.
Kristina Benjocki, Tamar Guimarães, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Prapat Jiwarangsan, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Ahmad Fuad Osman, Raha Raissnia, Aura Satz, Praneet Soi and Floris Vanhoof
LIST OF WORKS
Sedimentation of Memory, 2017, Kristina Benjocki
A Man Called Love, 2008, Tamar Guimarães
Between a Gaze and a Gesture, 2017, Hannah Dawn Henderson
Non-chronological history, 2013/2019, Prapat Jiwarangsan
Dust Under Feet, 2012, Prapat Jiwarangsan
Landscape Series #1, 2013, Nguyen Trinh Thi
Recollections of Long Lost Memories, 2007, Ahmad Fuad Osman
Mneme, 2017, Raha Raissnia
Her Luminous Distance, 2014, Aura Satz
Srinagar, 2014, Praneet Soi
Fossil Locomotion, 2016, Floris Vanhoof
The private view involved an introduction by Julian Ross and an artist tour with several of the participating artists, led by Jelena Stojkovic (Arts University Bournemouth).