Bureau presents Dave Griffiths, 2nd – 21st July in OUTPOST presents ‘British & European Legs’, Anglia Square Shopping
Centre, Norwich, UK
An invitational project for Outpost Gallery, to coincide with Contemporary Art Norwich 2007.
In his first solo exhibition Dave Griffiths presents a body of filmworks constructed from his tenderly curated database of movie cue-dots. Gleaned over the last two years from digital TV broadcasts, Griffiths’ personal archive represents an ongoing restoration of those fleeting, but critical, time signals that regulate the illusionary changeovers between film reels. Griffiths exhibits recent films – both data-driven and linear, plus three new interactive works that place cue-dots from his collection into outmoded or ephemeral display devices. Archaic, dusty machines, from childhood cinematographic toys and microfiche, are revived to function as both expanded silent-cinema and resource for examination of cinematic remains.
From his archaeological sifting of matinee fragments, Griffiths has created exploratory works around the mechanical, aesthetic and narrative structures of celluloid. By November 2007 the cue-dot collection aims to be publicly accessible online as a resource for art-historical and creative research. These top-corner phrases of found footage provide fertile audio-visual materials with which to spin stories about the cinematic continuum, and hint at human commotion both onscreen and in the projectionist’s booth. Their imminent disappearance, as industrial casualty of digitisation, marks a sea change in cinema history. Griffiths’ depository of near-redundant ‘cigarette burns’ provides a means of remembering cinema’s outgoing physicality, and a method of enquiry into narrative and perceptual processes.
Preview: 6-9pm, Sunday 1st July 2007
Anglia Square Shopping Centre, Norwich, (see websites below for map)
Opening Times: Daily, 12 – 6pm
Admission: Free. Fully Accessible.
‘British & European Legs’ – is a major off-site commission project for which OUTPOST has invited ten artist-led organisations – five UK and five European-based – to visit Norwich during July & August and run temporary galleries within vacant city-centre retail spaces. The invited organisations have different operating procedures, but have each been asked to reflect OUTPOST’s characteristic solo show programming format, by presenting the work of a single artist from the orbit of their activity. The temporary exhibition spaces are located within the city’s aging Anglia Square shopping centre. The proposed exhibitions and exhibits range from large-scale digital projections, through object sculpture and site-specific interventions to public performance and interactive discourse based events.
Other invited organisations and the artists they will present are: Moot, Nottingham – Jonty Lees; The Royal Standard, Liverpool – Sean Hawkridge; S1 Artspace, Sheffield – Torsten Lauschmann; Workplace Gallery, Gateshead – Darren Banks; FAIT, Krakow – REP (Ukraine); General Public, Berlin – Erika Mustermann; Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam – Niels Post; Les Complices, Zurich – Edit Oderbolz; and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow – Lotte Gertz.