STEVE COOKE AATA
Two exciting events as part of current Spring 2023 exhibitions at HOME
HOME is presentIing two exciting events as part of current Spring 2023 exhibitions: Out of Memory: the films of Nick Jordan and Chris Paul Daniels In Conversation: Nick Jordan, Chris Paul Daniels and Parham Ghalamdar + Guests
PREVIEW By Steve Cooke
Out of Memory: the films of Nick Jordan and Chris Paul Daniels Marina’s Cinema Tue 16 May 18:00 In Conversation: Nick Jordan, Chris Paul Daniels and Parham Ghalamdar + Guests Naziha Arebi, Derek Horton and Shezad Dawood Event Space
Sat 20 May 14:00
HOME is presenting two exciting events part of their current Spring exhibitions, including a screening of the films by Nick Jordan and Chris Paul Daniels, and an in conversation event with the three exhibiting artists and their guests Naziha Arebi, Derek Horton and Shezad Dawood.
The film event, Out of Memory, with Chris Paul Daniels and Nick Jordan will feature short films parallel to their respective exhibitions Is there anybody there? and Natural Interaction and will showcase work that both artists have made in Iceland. The screening will be followed by a Q&A, chaired by independent curator Jamie Allan, and offers the chanced to learn more about their hybrid forms of observational filmmaking.
The conversation event provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the exhibiting artists and their guests on their practices, the themes in their work, as well as hearing them discuss the inspirations behind the exhibitions and discuss issues raised in their work in dialog with their invited guest, before they come together for a panel discussion, followed by a drinks reception and the chance to speak to the artists.
Nick Jordan will be joined by BAFTA nominated British-Libyan artist and filmmaker Naziha Arebi. Working at the intersection of art and activism, Arebi has been platformed by MUBI, The Guardian, ARTE, Aljazeera, amongst others, and her work has been screened at global festivals such as TIFF, BFI, CPH:DOX and Sheffield DocFest. Adjacent to art and filmmaking, Naziha is a mentor, programmer and cultural facilitator with an interest in exploring creative sustainable solutions related to food sovereignty and land rights.
Chris Paul Daniels will be joined by artist, writer, critic, curator and co-founder of online magazines /seconds and Soanyway Derek Horton. He has a background in community-based arts education and projects and has taught art for many years in higher education, including being the Director of Research at Leeds Metropolitan University’s School of Contemporary Art and Graphic Design until 2008 and a Visiting Professor at The School of Art, Birmingham City University. Horton writes, mostly about art, in reviews, interviews and essays for books, catalogues and magazines and was part of a three-person collective that ran &Model gallery in Leeds from 2013 to 2017. Recently, as an independent research curator alongside the art historian Dr Alice Correia, supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, he co-curated the exhibition A Tall Order! Rochdale Art Gallery in the 1980s, for Touchstones Rochdale.
Parham Ghalamdar will be joined by multidisciplinary artist Shezad Dawood who interweaves stories, realities and symbolism to create richly layered artworks, spanning painting, textiles, sculpture, film and digital media. Dawood is fascinated by ecologies and architecture and takes a philosophical approach to his work. Selected collections include Guggenheim; Arts Council Collection; Tate; UBS; LACMA, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada; Government Art Collection, UK; US Government Art Collection; The British Museum, London; Sharjah Art Foundation; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi; Rubin Museum of Art, New York; and Mathaf, Doha. His film works have been screened internationally, including at the ICA, London; MoMA, New York, Guggenheim, New York, and at various film festivals including CPH:DOX, Sharjah Biennial 14 (awarded Special Mention Jury Prize 2019); Oberhausen and Aesthetica (awarded Artist’s Film Prize 2015).
Natural Interaction by Nick Jordan explores the interdependencies between social and ecological healthcare and wellbeing. Drawing upon Nick's recent collaborations with ecologists, materials scientists, and healthcare professionals involved in medical genetics, the work interconnects the lived experience of rare health conditions with the reciprocal behaviours and symbiotic systems found in nature.
Painting, An Unending is a solo show of new work by Parham Ghalamdar that draws on Persian and Western art traditions, graffiti, internet and digital culture.In this exhibition, elements abstracted from a range of personal and cultural references such as Piero de la Francesca’s fresco Dream of Constantine, objects from American cowboy cartoons, or sci-fi references consumed during his childhood in Iran, are painted against bleak landscapes, creating often absurdly humorous epic scenes. Using an Artificial Intelligence tool as an extension of his sketchbook the results appear surprising and random, jumping from one epoch, or socio-political context, to another within the same canvas; exploring notions of identity politics, migration, freedom of movement, borders, community and belonging.
Is there anybody there? by Chris Paul Daniels is an exhibition for which Chris Paul Daniels has sourced 70 different films from the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University to create a monumental study of cultural traditions, procession and ceremony. Guided by the unseen presence of a disembodied voice, the artist’s fictional script is accompanied with an original musical score composed by Graham Massey (808 State, Massonix).
Natural Interaction, a solo exhibition by artist Nick Jordan. Featuring new films, prints, photographs, painting and sculptural works, the exhibition explores the interdependencies between social and ecological healthcare or wellbeing. Drawing upon the artist’s recent collaborations with ecologists, materials scientists, and healthcare professionals involved in medical genetics, the work interconnects the lived experience of rare health conditions with the reciprocal behaviours and symbiotic systems found in nature.
A new film trilogy (Rare Frequencies, Genetic Sequences and The Entangled Forest) captures the unique features of ecologically diverse habitats which sustain many rare or endangered species, playing a vital role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. Combined with audio conversations that reflect upon the importance of science and the lessons we can learn from nature, Jordan’s hybrid documentaries explore diverse landscapes and ecosystems, including restored peatlands, networks of mycelium, botanical gardens, urban woodlands and ancient forests; threading together themes of community and mutuality, resilience and renewal.
Rare Frequencies draws upon conversations with people impacted by rare diseases, as well as health practitioners involved in medical genetics and counselling. Jordan combines the discussions with footage he filmed at a restored peatland habitat on the edge of Manchester, which now hosts many rare species of wildlife.
Genetic Sequences continues the conversations with medical geneticists and psychologists, filmed in Vienna for the European Society of Human Genetics. The discussions reflect on interrelated issues such as global healthcare inequalities, access to vaccines, trust in science and hopes for the future. Shot in a single weekend, the film captures an urban topography, from public parks and city streets to the global plant collection of the University of Vienna’s Botanical Garden.
Completing Jordan’s trilogy of new films is The Entangled Forest, which explores the reciprocal, shared behaviours that exist between trees and fungi. Filmed from the heat of late summer to the frozen depths of winter, in diverse woodland habitats, the documentary features the voice of ecologist Suzanne Simard, and her ground-breaking research into the ‘biological neural network’ of forest ecosystems.
Each of the films feature an atmospheric and textural soundtrack score, recorded with traditional folk instruments, woodwind and analogue synths, composed by Otis Jordan (Rare Frequencies and Genetic Sequences) and Otis Jordan and Lord Mongo (The Entangled Forest).
Creating dialogue and interconnections with the films are a series of new works by the artist, including mushroom spore prints presented as a family tree, archival botanical drawings, a greenhouse, and a living micro habitat of native bog plants.
Painting, An Unending, a solo show of new work by Parham Ghalamdar is his largest institutional exhibition to date. Drawing on traditions of Persian and Western art, graffiti, internet and digital culture, elements abstracted from a range of personal and cultural references such as Piero de la Francesca’s fresco Dream of Constantine and objects from American cowboy cartoons or sci-fi refences consumed during his childhood in Iran, are painted against bleak landscapes creating often absurdly humorous epic scenes. Manipulating master’s paintings using an Artificial Intelligence tool, that functions as an extension of his sketchbook, the work jumps from one epoch, or socio-political context, to another within the same canvas; exploring notions of identity politics, migration, freedom of movement, borders, community and belonging.
The tent featured in Francesca’s 15 Cent. fresco Dream of Constantine is used as a trope throughout Painting, An Unending. Located in a church in Arezzo, Italy, the fresco depicts the night before the Battle of Milvern Bridge, fought between the Roman Emperors Constantine and Maxentius. Historicised as the event that marked the death of paganism and the birth of Christianity as the dominant religion for the empire and Europe, the work symbolises a significant turning point in social, cultural and political consciousness. As such, for Ghalamdar, the work signifies a moment of pause, an ‘in between state’; flickering between past and future; charged ambiguity or promise. Autobiographically, the work resonates as a state of transition, migration and shelter.
For Painting, An Unending, he has used an artificial intelligence tool that creates realistic images from text descriptions, as an extension of his sketchbook. Testing the AI generator’s capabilities in rendering the aesthetics of the classic masters into an image, he prompts it with social scenes or situations that due to his political beliefs or sexuality would be impossible in his homeland. The results appear surprising and random. Incorporating them into his work, he repaints and repeats the process endlessly. The work jumps from one epoch or socio/political order to another within the same canvas, exploring notions of identity politics, migration, freedom of movement, borders, community and belonging.
The repetition and production of his work can be seen as a liberating process of catharsis; reconciliation or reckoning with his past, coming of age in an authoritarian regime. In a country where imported western culture was readily consumed, yet laws on the production of culture in Iran are consistently ambiguous, redefined or banned, Ghalamdar pushes the limitations of the medium of painting through AI image synthesis, navigating the tensions and traversing between self-expression and authorship; authenticity and censorship.
Is there anybody there? a solo show by artist filmmaker, Chris Paul Daniels responds to place, merging communal memory with experimental observation and fictional narration. For this exhibition, Daniels has sourced 70 different films from the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University, editing them together to create a monumental study of cultural traditions, procession and ceremony. Guided by the unseen presence of a disembodied voice, the artist’s fictional script and original musical score composed by Graham Massey (808 State, Massonix), reanimate past archival footage whilst addressing how film can be authored and mediated.
Original footage from across the North West has been shot by enthusiasts in their homes, on the street, by local film societies or professional productions, on media ranging from super 8 or 16mm film to analogue and digital video. The films feature elaborate costumes of popular and imaginary figures, people performing puppetry or magic tricks, competitive weightlifting, high wire acrobatics, community arts performances, or parades such as Whit walks, pageants and pride marches from as early as 1901 to the present day.
Edited together to create a continuous flowing choreography, Is there anybody there? explores notions of individual and collective archival memory, how it is created, by whom, (posing questions around who had the means to access the camera) and consequently whose stories, identities or cultures may be missing.
Daniels uses the archival footage as a malleable material to be sculpted, fragmented, collapsing and disrupting the chronology of time, dancing from one era or location to another. The composition of image, script and score are developed intuitively and in dialogue, both informing the other as the narrative evolves. The single voice narration meanders from benignly descriptive, speculative, teasing the viewer with visual jokes, to declaratory or conveying allusions to being summoned, and through the conflation with moving image, the film takes on a sentient presence.
In this film, archival footage normally presented as evidence, becomes mere speculation; a metaphor for the uncanny or past lives. Fascinated by the slippages between what is real and what is not, the artist explores how historical events morph between legend, myth or folklore, or how endlessly performed rituals can become estranged out of time. The precarity of the narrative of history is exposed through fictions told by an unreliable narrator and proposes new stories to make sense of our lives for a parallel present or a projected future
Credits and biographies:
Natural Interaction is curated by Clarissa Corfe.
Rare Frequencies produced for the Whitworth Group’s RARE/D podcast series, Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine, supported by Economic and Social Research Council and EURORDIS Rare Diseases Europe.
Genetic Sequences was commissioned by European Society of Human Genetics, with support from the University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.
The Entangled Forest was supported by UK Research & Innovation and The University of Manchester. Commissioned by HOME.
Earth House Hold is made with the cooperation of The Research Foundation for the State University of New York, University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions.
Nick Jordan is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the interconnections between cultural, social and natural ecologies. The artist’s work has been exhibited widely at international museums and galleries, including Innsbruck International Biennal, Austria; Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France; Whitstable Biennale, UK; Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona, Spain. Jordan’s award-winning films have featured in many international film festivals, including special focus programmes at the London Short Film Festival, UK; Minimalen, Trondheim, Norway; HOME Artist Film Weekender, Manchester, UK. Artist residencies and commissions include Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA, The National Trust, UK; The Manchester Museum, UK; Newcastle University, UK / Stasi Archives (Germany; ICA, London, UK; Thackray Museum of Medicine, UK; Art Gene, UK; British Society of Aesthetics, UK; Arts & Heritage, UK. Jordan is the co-author (with Jacob Cartwright) of Alien Invaders: A Guide to Non-native Species of the Britisher Isles (Bookworks), and is the curator of Braziers International Film Festival, UK. Nick Jordan studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (BA) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MA). He is based in Manchester.
Painting, An Unending Parham Ghalamdar is curated by Clarissa Corfe. Commissioned by HOME.
Parham Ghalamdar is a painter and has a background as a member of the graffiti collective ELF in Tehran. He studied MA in painting at Manchester School of Art and specialized in oil painting. His recent work examines the relationship between contemporary painting with the past, i.e. Christianity, and the future, i.e. internet and digital culture to negotiate the present.
Ghalamdar has been expanding his painting and drawing practice into the digital realm since the temporary closure of his studio during the national lockdown in 2020. This resulted in 9 thousand frames of animation produced in the past two years. He has recently finished two short animations/films in collaboration with the director Martin Cooper, commissioned by the Oscar-winning artist, animator, filmmaker, Joan Gratz. Ghalamdar is a member of the Workplace Foundation’s Community of Artists. He currently has a solo screening of his animation at Bavan Gallery, Tehran, Iran. Recently solo exhibitions include Fig.1 at Caustic Coastal; A fine Kettle Of Fish at Granada Foundation Galleries HOME, Manchester, and Against the Absurdity Of Life at Maria Behnam-Bakhtiar Gallery, Monte-Carlo, France. Recent group exhibitions include at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; London Paint Club, Floorr Magazine; Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Manchester Art Gallery; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Beep Painting Biennale, Swansea; Asia Now Art Fair, Paris. In 2022 he undertook as residency at Desire Lines Residency Programme.
Is there anybody there? by Chris Paul Daniels is curated by Clarissa Corfe. Commissioned by HOME. Supported by the North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University
Chris Paul Daniels graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and lives and works in Manchester. His moving image work has been screened at film festivals and galleries internationally and is included in collections at University of Salford Art Collection, Grundy Art Gallery and Blackpool Council Collection via the Art Fund. He co-founded Unravel, the longest hand painted ﬁlm in Britain which led over a hundred public events across the UK including Tate Britain, BFI Southbank, Turner Contemporary and IKON Gallery and a residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Recent works include ‘SAFE’ at HOME, ‘One Square Mile’ for Quays Culture & University of Salford Art Collection (with Sam Meech) ‘Northern Lights’ a co-commission by ICA & The Grundy Art Gallery, ‘The Book of Lies’ for the National Museum of Iceland, and ‘Steinrunnin/Petrified’ commissioned by Curated Place and Einkofi Productions. He is a studio holder at Paradise Works Artist Studios in Salford, and a film programmer for the ‘Cinema Paradiso’ events as part of HOME’s Artist Film Weekender, and also Braziers International Film Festival. He is a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at the School of Digital Arts, at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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