A group exhibition by The Tunnel drawing inspiration from Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges(1962). The work in the exhibition relates to the idea of the unreliability of memory and how this shapes our reality and consequently our understanding of history.
"I will have spent my entire life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting. But rather its lining. We do not remember. We rewrite memory just much as history rewritten. How can one remember thirst?"
Lights Art Film Festival is a event at the wonderful grassroots project space at Partisan collective in Manchester showing contemporary film, new media and digital media made by members of The Tunnel, all to explore the question of where are we now, where we can go next and looking at possible avenues that art and technology can interrelate in the future, from the political, to the social, the revolutionary and the scientific and the subversive.
It will feature film screenings, talks and discussions during the day, as well as tech demos of projects from out artists at the Tunnel, and all are welcome to come along, ask questions and participate in creating our visions of a modern renaissance in both the arts, and the world of engineering and Science.
Major films to be screened include our manifesto film for the 21st century, and various works by multidisciplinary artists including
- Animation pieces by London based animator from Manchester Scott Lockhart
- Political and performance / Exhibition videos by digital artist Mervyn Dyse
- Art videos exploring the psyche and the self by Monika Tobel
- Music and art videos from Mark Rathmell
- Videos and discussion from Macclesfield based painter Rebecca Smith
- Various music projects and videos by Chris Godber including the film version of ‘The Artist Engineer’ a key concept for the show which will include a panel discussion (panellists to be announced)
- Talk and demo of Catastrophic Spaces -a digital project Catastrophic spaces by Becca Smith and Chris Godber.
- Premier of Revolution in Oroboros – a Collage film by Chris Godber, based on ideas from Becca Smith
- A screening of a Classic film – probably Metropolis by Friz Lang
A group exhibition focusing on the subject of Fake News or Yellow Journalism and its historical and contemporary context. The core of the exhibition is how language and images are used to constantly alter our perceptions of current events, history, time and ultimately our identity. The ever present all pervasive media constantly reshapes our consciousness; leading to intellectual degradation and desensitisation that ultimately creates more efficient consumers. The exhibition draws inspiration from George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four (1949), Guy Debord's The Society of The Spectacle (1967) and Jorge Louis Borges's Labyrinths (1962).
"But where did knowledge exist? Only in His own consciousness, which in any case must soon be annihilated. And if all others accepted the lie which the party imposed-if all records told the same-then the lie passed into history and became truth."
"The spectacle is not a collection of images; it is a social relation among people mediated by images."
The exhibition is based around the idea of consciousness and empathy in relation to technology.The title is derived from Philip K. Dicks novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968). Mercerism is the artificial technology based religion of the future that creates a collective consciousness that leads to an empathy between humans; in a sense an almost spiritualised unity of joy and pain. Other philosophical concepts explored in the book are what constitutes a human being; in the book empathy is the most vital ingredient (Deckard), whilst in the film version (Blade Runner, 1982) it is memory. The work in the exhibition relates to both the film and book.
The Tunnel is launching its second addition of its official magazine, featuring artwork, poetry and articles written by our members. Join us to celebrate the launch of our second zine and catch our exhibition before it ends! We have worked really hard to make the zine even better than the first.There will be wine and performances from Mervyn Diese, Grassy Noel and Ape as well as a few "boring" stories from Mark Rathmell.
We are delighted to have been invited to show at the new gallery that the Waterstones bookstore has opened up in their flagship store in Gower Street. It's a brilliant and unique space where we will showcase new work by Tunnel members made specifically for the Waterstones Gallery. Artwork will be on sale as well as a collection of prints by the artists as well as the Tunnel Zine, featuring written pieces, artworks, poetry and more by members of The Tunnel.
Hunger is a multidisciplinary politicised exhibition by The Tunnel. Each exhibition uses a piece of text or film as a base to build a structure of ideas. The title of the exhibition is derived from Knut Hamsun's 1890 novel of the same name. The work in the exhibition orbits around the text and does not necessarily relate directly to the book. In essence the show is about a single word; Hunger. Some of the artists in the show have interpreted the word in a political way to reflect the current economic and cultural crisis in England since the 23rd of June 2016. Other artists have taken a more psychological approach.
This is a collaborative exhibition featuring work that is created by using the cut-up technique. The artist subject is personal to them the only requirement is that they use this technique to create the final work.
The Cut-up technique can be traced back to the poet Tristan Tzara of the Dadaists. It was later used by Gil Wolman of the Letterist International in the 1950's. It was further developed by the painter Brion Gysin who in turn introduced it to William S. Burroughs at the Beat Hotel in 1959. Burroughs used this method to create the infamous Naked Lunch(1959) and also in the Nova trilogy. William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin published a book entitled The Third Mind in 1977 which featured various cut ups. David Bowie used this technique to create lyrics so did Thom Yorke of Radiohead who used a similar method on the album Kid A (2000).
A show inspired by Albert Camus' novel of the same name. The novel explores what it means to be human and how we interpret our own and others behaviour. In January 1955, Camus said, "I summarized The Stranger a long time ago, with a remark I admit was highly paradoxical: 'In our society any man who does not weep at his mother's funeral runs the risk of being sentenced to death.' I only meant that the hero of my book is condemned because he does not play the game."