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

>> A Crystalline World, Salon 17: New Approaches in Photography, Four Corners, London
>> Picture Has Not Been Checked, festival, 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

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

>> 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

>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
>> Olympic Changes: an inadequate document of life, Oblong Gallery, London
>> 30., Shoreditch Town Hall, London
>> Selected Photoworks, Ritzy Cinema, London

Residencies / Invitations

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

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

Talks & Events

>> [Im]material Nuclear Landscapes Field Trip, TimeSpan, Scotland
>> Practicing Deep Time Round Table, TimeSpan, Scotland
>> Spectral Ecologies, Sensible Cinena, Advanced Research Workshop, University of London.
>> Artist Talk, Mildura Arts Centre, Australia
>> Imagining Cinema, walk and talk in Ouyen, Robinvale and Mildura, Australia.
>> Spectral Ecologies, Evening Forum, Tavistock Institute, London
>> Spectral Spaces, La Trobe University Art Forum, Mildura, Australia
>> Imagining Mildura Cinema, walk & workshop, Mildura, Australia
>> 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
>> 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
>> In Search of Holloway’s Lost Cinemas: participatory walk for Reel Islington Film Festival, London
>> Artist Talk: University of Bedfordshire, Luton
>> Artist Talk: A Brooks Art Gallery, London

Selected Publications

>> Futures and Fictions, Ayesha Hameed Henriette Gunkel Simon O’Sullivan (eds.) [photographic works]
>> Spectral Ecologies, catalogue, Mildura Arts Centre [catalogue]
>> The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image, Bridget Crone (ed.), 2nd edition [photographic works]
>> Beneath the Salt, Marianne Bjørnmyr and Dan Mariner, (eds.) [photographic works]

>> Living Earth: Field Notes from the Dark Ecology Project 2014-2016, Sonic Acts Press, [photographic works]
>> 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 [editorial feature]
>> Spectral spaces: Islington’s Lost Cinemas, The Spaces [editorial feature]
>> Spectral Conjuring of a Cinematic PresentThe Cinemas Project, book, [photographic works]
>> The Sensible Stage: Staging and the Moving Image, Bridget Crone (ed.), [photographic works]
>> The Cinemas of Holloway Road, Born and Bread, Rowan Arts [essay]
>> Picture has Not Been Checked, [limited edition artists book]
>> Field Trip – Journal of Analogue Photography, limited edition art magazine, Summer 2010
>> Border, [exhibition catalogue]
>> Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts, Queensland University of Technology, October 2009
>> Frieze, October 2008


>> 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