are listings of exhibitions in date order. Click on the links to the
left for artists' talks and screenings.
and Susan Philipsz
Let Us Take You There
until - 31 January
brings together artists Susan Philips and Paul Rooney whose work has
a shared interest in the way sound, particularly popular songs, can
be a trigger for memory. Rooney and Philipsz have both been commissioned
to produce a new work for the exhibition which is shown alongside earlier
sound and image based works.
In Paul Rooney’s new piece a lone female singer sings a song, based on
'Sound of the Crowd' by The Human League over an image of the view out of the
Sheffield branch of Bradford and Bingley Building Society which is where the
entrance to The Crazy Daisy club used to be, the spot where Jo and Susanne
of the Human League were 'discovered' by Phil Oakey. The work extends Rooney’s
interest in the social and personal aspects of popular entertainment.
Philipsz similar interest in popular music has become a source of inspiration
for her work in which she picks out thematic motifs from songs and recreates
them, opening them up to new interpretations. Included is a sound piece of
Philipsz playing the chimes, reminiscent of those heard in Joy Division's, ‘Atmosphere’.
Janet Cardiff & George
Bures Miller: Recent Works
11 February - 18 April 2004
large scale contemporary art exhibition at the Millennium Galleries
by one of the most significant current artistic pairings. The exhibition
shows some of their recent works including the acclaimed sound installation
Forty Part Motet and film sequence Berlin Files.
Forty Part Motet is a sound installation which uses 40 speakers to project
individual voices from a choir so that the visitor experiences different combinations
and harmonies as they progress through the work, breaking down a complex musical
structure to its individual elements. The result is virtual architecture of
pure sound. The piece is a reworking of "Spem in Alium" written by
Thomas Tallis, a 16th-century English composer, to mark the fortieth birthday
of Queen Elizabeth I.
The Berlin Files is a series of film sequences which echoes the disjointed
space and time of dreams. Images of a woman, a frozen landscape or a run-down
night club appear, accompanied by a voiceover which hints at narratives of
search, danger and loss, and a suspenseful soundtrack. Images are used to trigger
emotions, while three-dimensional sound seeps beyond the film to merge its
reality with our own.
shows seven new artists working collaboratively to production a series
of three exhibitions that open a discussion. Please contact S1 Artspace
to confirm opening dates and times.
January 2004: Archipelago
and Ben Pettican explore randomness and absurdity through an impulsive
explosion of images. Their interest lies in creating
a discussion through a creative
curatorial process, developing the bonds and separations of images present
in their work.
January- 10th February 2004: The Left Hand Side
and Dan Matthews have come together to explore the possible sinister
underside to their practice. The Absence of light begins
the duel inquiry into
7 February - 20 March 2004
of electronic media artworks examining the association of new media
with supernatural phenomena. From the invention of the telegraph, radio
and the introduction of television and computers - new media has consistently
been associated with paranormal or spiritual phenomena.
Artists are exploring the idea of the ghost in the machine in works such as
Susan Hiller’s seminal installation Belshazzar's Feast which relates
in part to reports of the appearance of foreign beings seen on television screens
after station close-down; Thomson & Craighead’s Obituary which explores
the electronic ether as a space of overlap between technology and the spiritual
and E-Poltergeist which is an intervention in a web browser which starts to
misbehave, giving the feeling of a ghost in the machine. Susan Collins’ Spectrascope
references parapsychological research and attempts to find this ghost in the
machine by means of a pixel by pixel live internet link up to a haunted house;
Scanner’s sound piece refers to the Electronic Voice Phenomenon of spectral
voices in recordings of empty locations and presents a sound piece created
from field recordings from spaces with ghostly associations. S Mark Gubb investigates
backwards messages in records and plots connections with contemporaneous events.
Lindsay Seers 'then there were three' is based on the possible traumatic, psychological
effect the invention of television had on the dummy that John Logie Baird used
in his first TV transmission and Patrick Ward presents filmic moments in which
TV screens are overtaken by static signalling a communicating other.
artspace - Repartee
14th-24th February 2004: Drawn from the Body
Heidi Schaefer, Christina Wade and Helen de Main all engage with their own
bodies in their practice and create an exhibition that explores different perceptions
of the body through the combination of images and collaborative work.
14-29 Feb: Bloc Space
A sense of place
Michael Prince & Christiane Thalmann
The two Sheffield based artists Michael Prince and Christiane Thalmann have been
working with photography, video, sound, painting, text and installation. This
collaborative exhibition draws their work together exploring notions of
belonging and displacement.
Snap Crackle and Pop
Open to the public 6th-28th March Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm
An exploration in sound and image of the properties of air cellular cushioning
materials (that’s bubble wrap to you and me!). Bubble wrap is favoured
the world over as a low tech aid to stress relief, you can even get virtual bubble
wrap to use on your pocket PC. A range of noises, gently coaxed out of the product,
form the seeds of this multi-channel sound installation.
It began with the Census. There wasn't a 'Scottish', 'Welsh' or 'English' box
to tick. Only 'British' or 'Irish'. We realised that when we were abroad, we
would say we were from England, but at home, we always said British. We began
to wonder why. We wondered if we could see England from another point of view.
We wondered what England means to you. We wondered if we could have our minds
changed. And that is where you come in. Visit www.pleasantland.org to contribute
to the research, and to receive a monthly e-postcard from our travels, until
BLOOM04 will be held between 3rd and 11th April 2004 at a range of community
and other venues.
Netherthorpe, Upperthorpe and Langsett are host to the annual Community Arts
Festival, BLOOM04 organised by the Garden Rooms. This festival is constantly
surprising with its diverse content, including the exploration and development
of what is called 'Community Art': involving, interacting and animating the imaginations
of the local residents and visitors. There is a dynamic exchange where you can
experience the idea of returning art to
Further details to follow or for more information contact the Garden Rooms on
0114 275 0338.