Sam Nightingale

Working with research and practice together, Sam Nightingale is an artist who investigates notions of the spectral, bringing structures, obscured histories, dark ecologies and misaligned landscapes into constellation. The image-worlds he conjures re-imagine place using various methods that included photography, installation, sound and film.

His work takes the visible and the invisible and filters it through the lens of cinema to reveal implicit structures at work in the material environments he works, from city street to remote desert and arctic landscapes. The work emerges out of a process of historical research, philosophical questioning, conversations and collaborations with researchers, academics and other artists. He works with both formal and personal archives and through a process of public engagement taking the form of walks, talks and workshops.

Nightingale’s most recent projects engage with conjoining the idea of ‘spectral’ with an expanded idea of ‘ecology’, in which ‘spectral ecologies’ are suggested as the intertwining of social, cultural and power structures with sensible and material environments that make perceptible latent histories and pathways.

Nightingale exhibits internationally, his work has been included in exhibitions and film festivals in America, Australia and Europe.

 

Exhibitions & Screenings

2017
>> Picture Has Not Been Checked, pic.london festival, London
>> A Crystalline World, Salon 17: New Approaches in Photography, Four Corners, London
>>Forgotten Futures: modernist architecture of the british seaside town, Folkestone Triennial Fringe (part of Places and Spaces), Folkestone
>> Spectral Ecologies, Mildura Arts Centre, Australia

2015
>> State Theatre, Sierra Blanca, NCM Exposed, Photofusion, London
>> The Remains, Cities After Hours, UCL, London

2014
>> London’s Lost Cinemas, UCL Cities Methodologies, Slade Research Centre, London
>> Marfa West Texas, Residency – Work in Progress, A Brooks Art, Resort Studios, Margate
>> The Savoy, University of Bedfordshire, Luton

2013
>> Islington’s Lost Cinemas, A Brooks Art: Works on Paper, Deutsche Bank, London
>> Forgotten Futures: modernist architecture of the british seaside town, Buoyant, Gallery 40, Brighton
2012
>> Film, Cabinet Exhibition, Islington’s Arts Factory, London
>> Spectres of Film: Islington’s Lost Cinemas and other Spectral Spaces, A Brooks Art, London.
>> Film, Experiments in Cinema, New Mexico, USA
2011
>> Crossing Liminal Borders, Freies Museum, Berlin
>> Olympic Changes: an inadequate document of life, East Pop West, London
>> Traversal – First Passage, Millington | Marriott, New Gallery, London
>> Olympic Changes: an inadequate document of life, Islington Exhibits, Rowan Arts, London
>> Leaving the Cinema: Spectres of Film, Truman’s Brewery, London
2010
>> Westphoto Photography Prize, Ambika P3 Gallery, London
>> Olympic Changes: an inadequate document of life, In Time, Blueprint, London
>> Traversal – First Passage, Ear Me Now, Netil House, London
>> A Correspondence of Practice [curated programme of experimental film]: Traversal – First Passage; Traversal –Third Passage, University of Westminster, London
>> Olympic Changes: an inadequate document of life, Australian International Experimental Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
>> Crossing Liminal Borders, Salon 2010, Viewfinder Photography Gallery, London
2009
>> Olympic Changes: an inadequate document of life, Oblong Gallery, London
>> 30., Shoreditch Town Hall, London
2008
>> Selected Photoworks, Ritzy Cinema, London

Residencies / Invitations

2016
>> Practising Deep Time Residency, TimeSpan, Scotland
>> Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia
2015
>> Dark Ecology (art, research and commissioning project), Norway & Russia 
2014

>> A Brooks Art Marfa, West Texas, USA
2013
>> University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK

Talks & Events

2017
>> Spectral Materialism, School of Critical Studies, California Institute of the Arts, USA (forthcoming)
>> Imagining Cinema, walk and talk in Ouyen, Robinvale and Mildura, Australia.
2016
>> Spectral Ecologies, Evening Forum, Tavistock Institute, London
>> Spectral Spaces, La Trobe University Art Forum, Mildura, Australia
>> Imagining Mildura Cinema, walk & workshop, Mildura, Australia
2015
>> In Search of Islington’s Lost Cinemas: artist walk for Antiuniversity Now!, London
>> Cinema and Local History Mapping Workshop, collaboration Chris O’Rourke UCL, The Cinema Museum, London
2014
>> Marfa West Texas, Residency – Talk for A Brooks Art, Resort Studios, Margate
>> In Search of Seven Sisters Lost Cinemas: participatory walk for Seven Sisters Stories (HLF) Rowan Arts, London
>> Memory & Space: Workshop/ talk for The Tavistock Institute, London
>> Activating Cinema: artist-led tour of cinema for Building Exploratory
>> History of Islington’s Cinemas: various talks for North London Cares, Sotheby Mews, Building Exploratory
2013
>> In Search of Holloway’s Lost Cinemas: participatory walk for Reel Islington Film Festival, London
>> Artist Talk: University of Bedfordshire, Luton
2012
>> Artist Talk: A Brooks Art Gallery, London

Selected Publications

2017
>> Spectral Ecologies, exhibition catalogue, Mildura Arts Centre
2016

>> Living Earth: Field Notes from the Dark Ecology Project 2014-2016, Sonic Acts Press, [photography]
2015
>> By Our Selves, Andrew Kötting (ed.), [photo-essay to accompany ‘Jack’s Alive! And so’s the Bear’]
>> Forgotten Futures: modernist architecture of the british seaside town, The Modern House [feature]
>> Spectral spaces: Islington’s Lost Cinemas, The Spaces [feature]
2014
>> Spectral Conjuring of a Cinematic PresentThe Cinemas Project, book, [photo-essay]
2012
>> The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image, Bridget Crone (ed.), [photography]
>> The Cinemas of Holloway Road, Born and Bread, Rowan Arts [essay]
2011
>> Picture has Not Been Checked, limited edition artists book
2010
>> Field Trip – Journal of Analogue Photography, limited edition art magazine, Summer 2010
>> Border, exhibition catalogue
>> The Sound of the Shutter Indexicality and the Utterance of the Image, [essay]
2009
>> Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts, Queensland University of Technology, October 2009
2008
>> Frieze, October 2008

Education

>> PhD Media & Communications / Research Architecture (joint) 2017 – ongoing
Goldsmiths, University of London
>> M.A Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory, (Distinction)
Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University, London
>> B.A (Hons) Photography, (First Class Hons.)
University of Westminster, London

© Sam Nightingale 2017