Spaceship Unbound, the current exhibition at Castlefield Gallery landed on the 21st June.
Co-curated between MadLab and Castlefield Gallery, Spaceship Unbound uses Margaret Atwood’s seminal post apocalyptic novel The Year of the Flood as a starting point exploring the issues of survival in a world turned back to year zero. The project includes contributions from the artists and collectives, Anne-Marie Culhane, Dark Mountain, GameJam Collective (GameJam, The Larks,Manchester SpecFic) Hackspace Manchester, Ellie Harrison, Rowena Hughes, Aliyah Hussain, Sam Meech and Volkov Commanders (Aliyah Hussain, Mariel Osborn and Anna Beam). Their works explore survivalist culture and creation mythology, through story telling, writing, gaming, performance and sculpture.
Imagine discovering, in a post-apocalyptic world, a trove of ancient newsreels and an old projector. You’re desperate to retrieve memories of your lost civilisation so… you rig up a bicycle-powered generator and start the films rolling.
This appears to be the scenario constructed in Manchester’s Castlefield Gallery, currently presenting Spaceship Unbound – a group exhibition that takes Margaret Atwood’s post-apocalyptic novel The Year of the Flood as a starting point.
Manchester’s Hackspace community has built a bicycle-powered generator to run the projection of Sam Meech’s film Noah’s Arc. This 23-minute film (excerpt above) is a collage of footage from the vast North West Film Archive. Meech has re-imagined the biblical flood as if it occurred along the Blackpool and Fleetwood coast. (Cue: archive footage of Blackpool Pleasure Beach and its famous Noah’s Arc attraction).
Beginning with such a broad vision has allowed Castlefield Gallery to collaborate with groups outside the art world. “We are interested in including people or groups who neither define themselves as artists nor have gone through mainstream art education, alongside artists who have,” says curator Clarissa Corfe. “Our collaboration with MadLab is a really exciting one because it enables us to work with networks who bring entirely different perspectives and skills to the exhibition.”
Check out some more photos, curtesy of John Lynch.