Fahy, Su (Maxine Watts, Director Reclaim Photography West Midlands, 2016-04)
This submission is an archived collective project which we brought to the UK in 2016 - this project's documentation is archived on line in - www.reclaimphotographywestmidlands.com Reference 2016 Festival. Reference 2016 Gallery Print Catalogue (26.'Family', su fahy.
Fahy, Su (Sarah Bodman , CFPR UWE, Bristol www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk, 2016-04)
World Book Night takes place each year on 26th April and is an International Event .WBN Collective of which I am a member produce works in association with the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England Bristol , UK , each year.Each year the practice outcomes are shared publicly online - https://vimeo.com/164111118 and a publication / artefact is produced in a limited edition, www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/events/wbn2016.html This year the artist's book / folio Serena Joy has been accepted for the Tate Artists Book Collection at the Tate Galleries in London
The author describes the manipulation of time and memory in LOOP, a tape-based sound installation started in 2004. Many of my artworks are hybrid assemblages of obsolete and contemporary technology. The use of the obsolete is most immediately apparent in LOOP, a long-running (2004-present) sound installation built out of a Fostex X-34 four track recorder and C90 cassette tape. The Fostex X-34 is in many ways unexceptional: its sound and build quality are adequate at best. Indeed, most notable is perhaps that, by the time of its release in April 2000, it was arguably already rendered obsolete by the rise of MiniDisc recorders and audio-capable home computers. Nevertheless, the X-34 fitted the modest budget of a Birmingham schoolboy, and I acquired a lightly used and moderately discounted ex-demo unit about three months after its launch. The accessibility of the cassette tape was also key: while its popularity had significantly diminished after its late 1980s peak, blank tapes remained readily locally available.
Wilson, Jane; Wilson, Louise (Tate Britain, 2014-03-04)
Ruin Lust, an exhibition at Tate Britain from 4 March 2014, offers a guide to the mournful, thrilling, comic and perverse uses of ruins in art from the seventeenth century to the present day. Ruin Lust will include work provoked by the wars of the twentieth century, including Graham Sutherland’s Devastation series 1940–1, which depicts the aftermath of the Blitz and Jane and Louise Wilson’s 2006 photographs of the Nazis’ defensive Atlantic Wall. Paul Nash’s photographs of surreal fragments in the 1930s and 40s, or Jon Savage’s images of a desolate London in the late 1970s show how artists also view ruins as zones of pure potential, where the world must be rebuilt or reimagined.
Fahy, Su (Auckland University of Technology, 2016-06-29)
How does a whole society or nation remember or forget the age of analogue film photography and its methods of documenting memory and identity? Inspired by procedures such as the sixteenth-century artificial memory systems presented in the writings of Frances Yates, I examine in my research the workings and subversions of memory through appropriation and reworking of fragments from the analogue photographic archive. The material photographic print reminds us of fugitive memories of family, events, wars, propaganda, the role of witness and visual testimony. I construct new artificial memories from the gleanings of the flea market, second hand shops, the attic, the shoebox, and archival researches. The objects I encounter offer a haptic visual prompt for new works that pose questions of memory and artificial memory, and identity within the visual ecology of a fast-eroding analogue tradition. I present case studies that demonstrate the intimate scale and fragility of such photographic scraps, showing my re-working of found objects to create small visual series accompanied by narrative encounters with each of the photographs. In the process, I also indicate the unique contribution of studio culture in this complex tentative multisensory interrogation.
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