I spent some time in El Paso a couple of years ago. It was clear to see how entwined it is culturally, socially and economically with the Mexican city of Juárez which sits just across the Rio Grande. A wall between these two cities will be destructive and divisive on so many levels. Read More
I have been thinking about salt a lot recently. Maybe a strange way to start a blog for the TIHR Archive Project but actually there are many connections between the qualities of salt and the archive.
As an artist I often have the opportunity to put together concepts that at first appear disconnected. Salt and archival practices are a reoccurring feature of Spectral Ecologies, a practice-based research project I am working on that focuses on the Mallee, a geographically and historically complex region of southern Australia. As part of the project, I visited Lake Tyrrell, a salt lake, where I spent time thinking about the relationship between salt and archives, realising that not only are salt and the archive both agents of preservation but they are equally agents of change and transformation.Read More
TimeSpan, Helmsdale, Far North Scotland
TimeSpan’s Residency Focus: Deep Time moves beyond a human scale, beyond language, beyond fact. In Scotland’s Far North it can be seen in the geological and the nuclear: the peat bogs of the Flow country and the nuclear site of Dounreay. A consideration of deep time also suggests possible methodologies for practice: excavation, speculation. Read More
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
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