Spectral Ecologies (second iteration of The Cinemas Project)

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Spectral Ecologies production shot

Spectral Ecologies is the second project presented under the framework of The Cinemas Project and is presented in collaboration with the Mildura Arts Centre.

Spectral Ecologies is a collaborative project involving practice-based research leading to an exhibition (2017) and publication as outcomes. While the artists, Sam Nightingale and Polly Stanton, will make individual works for the final exhibition, these will be exhibited alongside elements of our collaborative research forming an exhibition that is itself an ecology of various differing but intimately related parts.Read More


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State Theatre, Sierra Blanca, Sam Nightingale

Sam Nightingale’s work ‘State Theatre, Sierra Blanca’ will be exhibited as part of Photofusion’s NCM Exposed exhibition taking place between 17 July – 28 August 2015.

State Theatre, Sierra Blanca, is one of the many ghostly cinema spaces that the Nightingale has photographed while exploring the residue of cinema found in rural environments. These are spectral spaces marked by social and geographic change as the site of film has shifted over time. Sierra Blanca is a small town in the Chihuahua Desert in Far West Texas, close to the border with Mexico. It is an area rich with cinematic fable and history, such as the mythical stories of a ‘Movie Mountain’ where a silent film was made in 1900 by Gaston Méliès, the lesser know brother of George Méliès, or the now vanished film set for Giant, the 1956 film starring the legendary Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean.Read More


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The Remains by Sam Nightingale

A selection of images from The Remains will be exhibited during UCL’s Cities After Hours colloquium on 13th May 2015. Cities After Hours brings together researchers from across UCL who are considering the city “after hours” from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The shift from the diurnal to the nocturnal city will be the over-arching theme of the day. Read More

Book: Spectral Conjuring of a Cinematic Present

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The Cinemas Project book

Spectral Conjuring of a Cinematic Present by Sam Nightingale
The Cinemas Project
Published by National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria, 2014.
Edited by Bridget Crone.

To celebrate the culmination of the first iteration of The Cinemas Project, a book has been published that catalogues the commissioned artists’ work as well as highlighting some of the sites of cinema that were included in the project.Read More

Launch: London’s Lost Cinemas 28th October

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Former Highbury Picture Theatre

LONDON’S LOST CINEMAS @ UCL Cities Methodologies 2014

Dr Chris O’Rourke & Sam Nightingale

29 – 31 October 2014
Exhibition Launch: 28 October 18.30 – 21.00
Opening Times: 29 – 31 10.00 – 20.00

UCL Cities Methodologies 2014
5th Floor, Slade Research Centre
Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AM

London’s Lost Cinemas brings together an interactive map showing London’s lost or forgotten cinemas and photographs of the spaces that they once occupied. Between 1906 and 1930, nearly one thousand cinemas opened in and around London. These ranged from converted shops and amusement arcades to lavish ‘picture palaces’. The exhibit showcases new research and creative responses to this early period of cinema history. It invites visitors to imagine the impact that cinemas have had on London’s streets and its people, and to consider how the relationship between moving images and the city has changed over time.

Sam Nightingale’s work focuses on the London Borough of Islington where he has photographed the many locations where cinemas once stood. The images articulate the latent (or spectral) presence of this history through photographing what remains: depicting urban spaces that are at once both in the present and out of time.

Interactive map presentation times:
Wednesday: 11:00-13:00, 17:00-18:00
Thursday: 12:00-14:00-17:30-18:30
Friday: 13:00-Close

Dr. Chris O’Rourke is a Research Associate in film studies funded by the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects (CHIRP). His research looks at the early history of cinemas and cinema-going in London. He also teaches on UCL’s MA in Film Studies and MSc in Urban Studies.
Twitter: @ChrisORourke1 / www.ucl.ac.uk/chirp/research/projects/filmland

Sam Nightingale is a London-based artist who works with photography and the moving image. Nightingale’s practice is concerned with enlivening and imploding the hidden spaces within and between built structures.He works in a research-based and site related way to reveal the multiple histories of cinematic spaces both real and imagined.
www.samnightingale.com / www.islingtonslostcinemas.com

Cities Methodologies is an annual exhibition and programme of events showcasing innovative urban research methodologies. Through peer-reviewed exhibits and events, it draws together undergraduate, masters, and doctoral research, alongside work produced by academics and other researchers and practitioners.