• 04-12-2017
  • Maeve Brennan at Goldsmiths: Contemporary Art Talks

  • 6 December, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Maeve Brennan looks at the historical and political resonance of sites and materials, culminating mainly in moving image and installation works. Led by a documentary approach, she spends time carrying out long-term investigative research, seeking out proximity and intimacy with people and places. Forming these personal relationships allows for a particular kind of documentary encounter – one extended by familiarity and complicated by subjectivity.
    She often works with people who have a certain expertise and associated physical practice (geologists, archaeologists, restorers, mechanics), documenting these particular and detailed forms of knowledge to animate inanimate objects and layered histories.
    For more information visit

  • 30-11-2017
  • Luke Willis Thompson nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

  • Congratulations to Luke Willis Thompson who is nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018.

    It’s the 21st year of the prize, and this year the shortlisted projects by Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter, and Luke Willis Thompson all “reflect a shared concern with the production and manipulation of knowledge and systems of representation through visual formats”, say the organisers of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018.

    Luke Willis Thompson has been nominated for a 35mm film called autoportrait, which was on show from 23 June–27 August in London’s Chisenhale Gallery. The work was made with an American woman called Diamond Reynolds, who in July 2016 used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after her partner Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota. The video was widely circulated online and amassed over six million views; it was also played to a jury as evidence in June 2017, in a court case which saw the officer involved acquitted of all charges.
    Working with Reynolds, Thompson created a “sister-image” to Reynolds’ original broadcast, hoping to break with what had become a well-known image of her caught in a moment of violence, which was distributed within the 24/7 news cycle. In doing so, he hoped “to question of the agency of Reynolds’ recording within, outside of, and beyond the conditions of predetermined racial power structures”, state the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize organisers.
    For more info visit https://www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org/en/support/photograp...

  • 29-11-2017
  • Joanna Walsh performs her digital novella “Seed” at Spike Island

  • Tuesday 5 December 2017, 6.30–8pm, Spike Island, Bristol.

    Award winning writer Joanna Walsh presents a performance adapted from her digital book Seed (which can be read for free online at www.seed-story.com.)
    Seed is the story of a 1980s Ophelia coming of age in the isolated countryside outside a raw new town.
    ‘Drenched in colour, sound and scent’ – The Times Literary Supplement.

    Take part:
    Joanna Walsh is looking for up to 16 women readers of any age (no experience necessary) to participate, who are able to attend a two hour workshop on the day. This will take place just before the performance (which will last approximately 30 minutes). Please contact badaude@gmail.com for further details if you would like to participate in Seed.

    Joanna would like to thank Visual Editions, and Google Creative Lab for their work on Seed online, and Arts Council England for supporting the development of Seed and this event.
    For more info visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/performance-reading-seed-tickets-37577160298

  • 27-11-2017
  • Maeve Brennan’s film "The Drift" selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018)

  • Congratulations to Maeve Brennan! Her film "The Drift” has been selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018) https://iffr.com/en
    The film is currently showing at The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, September untill February 2018.

    In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon by following the activities of three main characters: the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha in the Beqaa Valley; a young mechanic from Britel, a village known for trading automobile parts; and an archaeological conservator working at the American University of Beirut.

    Forms of maintenance and repair are central to The Drift – with a focus on the desire to reassemble and rebuild. Quietly underpinning the film is the urgency of archaeology in the Middle East today, particularly with reference to the destruction and preservation of heritage sites across Syria and Lebanon. Brennan’s film maps converging lines between the protected relics of ancient temples, smuggled antiquities and exchanged car parts, exploring the care, circulation and shifting value of objects.

    The exhibition is a co-commission between Spike Island; Chisenhale Gallery; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.

    For more information visit

  • 27-11-2017
  • Nathaniel Mann exhibition "Pigeon Whistles"

  • Pigeon Whistles: An Orchestra in Flight, Oxford University's Pitt River Museum.
    24 November 2017 - 4 March 2018

    Pigeon Whistles is a unique compositional project which Mann devised whilst artist-in-residence at Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum. Mann formed the idea in response to the collections housed in the museum and developed throughout 2013. Pigeon Whistles delivers an incomparable sonic experience as 14 Birmingham Roller Pigeons, each wearing a small bespoke flute upon its tail, create clouds of shifting tone directly above the audience.

    Inspired by the Chinese pigeon whistles in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Nathaniel Robin Mann decided he wanted to revive the ancient art of pigeon whistling, a tradition possibly thousands of years old, in which tiny flutes are attached to pigeons in flight. His experience with birds, however, was limited and he needed a bird expert. "None of the pigeon racers wanted to get involved in a music project. Then someone said, 'Well, there's this guy in Nottingham who has a loft made of an old hutch that he straps to the back of his scooter. They call him Pigeon Pete.'"

    For more information visit https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/pigeon-whistles
    Listen to The Pigeon Whistles BBC Radio 4 programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08ynyk5
    Vatch film: https://vimeo.com/90941795