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Black Hole Club Launch

03/03/2017 @ 18:00 - 20:00 UTC+0

The Black Hole Club returns with a night of experimental new work in progress featuring performance, video, slides and assemblages. Focusing on the world around us, the works explore brutalism and taxonomies of the city ; ritual assemblage and incantations; states of mind; narratives of water and the body … and a golden glitter bath.

Featuring: Pete Ashton, Alex Billingham, David Checkley, Elizabeth Cuffley, Ferric Lux, Patrick Goodall, Barry Griffiths, Jaime Jackson, Sian Macfarlane, David Poole, Kate Spence and Sarah Walden.

Drop in for the first Black Hole Club event of the year, meet the artists and hear more about their plans for 2017.

Alex Billingham
Glistening Scum
A two-hour durational performance where the artist will take a bath in gold glitter. (Please note performance contains nudity).

Barry Griffiths
Periapt telumA, mixed media assemblage, 2017
An incantation – chaos cloak with emotive charms & symbols – combining to produce a physical threshold.

David Checkley
Black dog II, installation, clay and white light, 2017
Continuation of an expressive piece on depression, featuring a black dog and pure white light, symbolising the healing process and reconstitution. A shadow cast by the dog, though out of focus, is always there.

David Poole
The Conquest of Mars (Special Edition)
A comic short film that contrasts the epic and the pathetic. Blending slapstick physical
comedy and low-fi costume with Hollywood emulating special effects and an extra-terrestrial setting.

Elizabeth Cuffley
Tower/Gardens, 2017, Slide projection with audio sound track
A slide projection of images of two Brutalist projects: Robin Hood Gardens housing estate, designed by Alison & Peter Smithson and Erno Goldfinger’s Balfron tower in London. The accompanying audio is drawn from anecdotes from a period when the artist was a property guardian.

Jaime Jackson
Under the Blue, HD video loop video 2”, 2017
New video work exploring Imminent water resource scarcity and rising sea level challenges due to global environmental change.

John Bradburn / Ferric Lux
Proposed Battery For The Storage of Energy from The Floating Mountain Aita, 2017
Installation of Video, Wood, Animal Skull, crystal, Gold, Video

Kate Spence
Echo Chamber, video, 2017
New work in progress exploring the hidden history of Magdalene Asylums.

Patrick Goodall
Downfall, 70mm film, video, sound, live performance, 2016/17
‘A pole on a stand supports a reel of 70mm film ready to unfurl around the pole. The protagonist stands before it, like a condemned man awaiting the firing squad. He pulls the trailing film which releases a downfall, engulfing him.

Pete Ashton
A Portrait of Birmingham, video, 2016/17
Record of a walk photographed at five second intervals from a chest mounted camera.
The work uses machine learning to interrogate the visual identity of a post-industrial suburban city and builds on the psychogeographical work Cross City Walks developed in collaboration with Andy Howlett.

Sian Macfarlane
A Virus in the Memory bank/FalseMemory, slide projection, 2017
In a shrine to unreliable visual memory, doctored found images are presented as a incomplete 35mm slide show.

Sarah Walden
Bodies of Pleated Matter, video, 2015
A narrative on water and the human body, questioning how pleated and folding surfaces make sense, or non-sense.

Black Hole Club 2017 Launch


18:00 - 20:00 UTC+0
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