CYBERJUNK: John Powell-Jones in conversation with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and David Blandy
John Powell-Jones, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley and David Blandy talk about how computer and role playing games help us make sense of the world: unpacking our perceptions of reality, our understanding of morality and our awareness of different communities. They discuss their inspirations, working instinctively with different digital technologies and how embracing difficulty is integral to their work. Find out more about CYBERJUNK here Artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley uses the forms and imagery of video games to create works that consider "what archives have left out and how we can archive now.” Danielle works predominantly in animation, sound, performance and Video Games to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Danielle's practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively retell Trans stories. Spurred on by a desire to record the "History of Trans people both living and past" their work can often be seen as a Trans archive where Black Trans people are stored for the future. "Throughout history, Black queer and Trans people have been erased from the archives. Because of this it is necessary not only to archive our existence, but also the many creative narratives we have used and continue to use to share our experiences." Brathwaite-Shirley Brathwaite-Shirley's work has been exhibited at: ICA, London; Arebyte Gallery, London; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; Quad, Derby; Science Gallery, London and TATE Modern, London. www.daniellebrathwaiteshirley.com David Blandy investigates the stories and cultural forces that inform and influence our behaviour. Collaboration is central to his practice, examining communal and personal heritage and interdependence. He has developed a gaming art practice writing original RPG’s, examining social justice, climate change and posthuman futures. He works in installation, performance, writing, gaming and sound, and has had national and international solo exhibitions of his work. Nominated for the Film London Jarman award with Larry Achiampong in 2018. He has exhibited & performed at venues nationally and worldwide such as Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Art Tower Mito, Tokyo; Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki; Tate Modern, London; The Baltic, Gateshead; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Spike Island, Bristol; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; MoMA PS1, New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai. He is represented by Seventeen Gallery, London. www.davidblandy.co.uk
November 26, 2021
Sardonic Harmony: Dr Alex Mason in conversation with Hardeep Pandhal and David Steans
Dr Alex Mason speaks with Hardeep Pandhal and David Steans, about Sardonic Harmony. Sardonic Harmony is a collaborative lyric video featuring writing and sound by artists Hardeep Pandhal, Roy Claire Potter, Stefan Sadler, and David Steans. Pandhal was invited by Castlefield Gallery to make a new work to be presented online coinciding with the inaugural exhibition of the Manchester Hip Hop Archive; a heritage project that preserves and celebrates the history of Manchester-based rap music and hip-hop culture. To find out more and to watch Sardonic Harmony click here Dr Alex Mason is an early careers researcher, using literature, film and Hip Hop to explore the relationship between race, higher education and architecture. He currently works in the Arts & Humanities Knowledge Exchange team at the University of Sheffield, organising projects that creatively explore and centre marginalised histories, people and places. Alex recently co-organised the international Hip Hop & Higher Education online conference, which celebrated the critical and creative elements of Hip Hop whilst interrogating its current relationship with UK universities. He writes regularly for Bad Form Review and can be found at @adrm25.
November 11, 2021
A Body of Horror: Jocelyn McGregor in conversation with Dr Maisha Wester and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes
For this special Halloween podcast Jocelyn McGregor met with Dr Maisha Wester and Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes ahead of her solo exhibition at Castlefield Gallery in 2022 to consider our changing perspectives towards horror. Thinking about the relationships between horror cinema, body horror, surrealism and McGregor’s work they discuss the enduring power of horror’s transgressive nature and how it might speak to or challenge our understanding of gender, race and the politics of our time. Dr Maisha Wester is a visiting lecturer at the University of Sheffield, sponsored by the British Academy’s Global Professorship fellowship. Her home institution is Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research focuses on racial representation in Gothic Literature and Horror film, Black Diasporic Gothic literature, and sociopolitical appropriations of Gothic and horror tropes in racial discourses. She is the author of African American Gothic: Screams from Shadowed Places (2012), co-editor of Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (with Xavier Aldana Reyes, 2019) and author of numerous essays including Gothic in and as Race Theory and Nineteenth-Century British and American Gothic and the History of Slavery. She is currently at work organising the exhibition His House to Our Home as part of the Being Human festival; the project will also feature a global digital gallery of community-generated artwork. Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes is Reader in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University and co-lead of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. He is author of Body Gothic (2014), Horror Film and Affect (2016) and Gothic Cinema (2020), and editor of Horror: A Literary History (2016) and Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion (with Maisha Wester, 2019). Xavier is chief editor of the Horror Studies academic book series published by the University of Wales Press. Find out more about Jocelyn McGregor’s solo exhibition, Mantle at Castlefield Gallery in 2022 HERE
October 29, 2021
In Conversation: Nicola Ellis, Dr Marsha Bradfield and Andrew Wilson
Nicola Ellis is joined by Dr Marsha Bradfield and Andrew Wilson to discuss collaborating with people in different environments, and workplaces with particular reference to Ellis’ artist placement at Ritherdon & Co Ltd (a family-run manufacturer of specialist steel enclosures, est. 1895) and her exhibition at Castlefield Gallery (13 June – 1 August 2021) which presented a body of work from this placement – to see documentation and other resources relating to that exhibition please visit: castlefieldgallery.co.uk Dr Marsha Bradfield describes herself as an artist-curator-educator-fundraiser-researcher-writer and company director. Marsha teaches on several courses as well being a PhD supervisor and researcher at Chelsea College of Arts. As part of her own practice, Marsha creates events, artworks, exhibitions, curricula, websites, publications and other projects that explore the subject of interdependence – the way in which things are connected to, and rely on, one another taking forms like relationships, systems and exchanges. She recently completed a fellowship in AI and machine learning for the BeFantastic TechArt triennial in Bangalore (2020). She is also a founding member of Incidental Unit, the third iteration of Artist Placement Group. Marsha recently co-curated a six-city touring programme to explore their legacy across the UK. Andrew Wilson experiments with structures that facilitate collaboration between people with different kinds of knowledge. He is a co-founder and organisers of: Para-Lab (with Annie Carpenter, 2017-) and Superposition (2013-2017), both collectives of artists and scientists; the Making Space (a cooperatively run shared workspace, 2013-); Same Skies (a citizen-led political network and think tank 2015-); and two co-operatives that develop software www.studiofor.co.
September 17, 2021
Sally Hirst explores Obstructions at Castlefield Gallery
In the first of a new series of Podcasts, created in collaboration with Venture Arts, artist Sally Hirst explores the Obstructions exhibition at Castlefield Gallery. Venture Arts is a visual arts charity based in Hulme, Manchester (UK), working alongside learning disabled artists to create exciting new collaborative visual art work.
March 24, 2021
In conversation: Jocelyn McGregor and Mariama Attah
Ahead of her Castlefield Gallery solo exhibition Mantle, artist and Castlefield Gallery Associate Jocelyn McGregor will discuss her practice with photography curator and editor Mariama Attah. Taking inspiration from folklore, surrealism and supernatural fiction, McGregor investigates the identification of the female with nature, the home and the machine. McGregor's solo exhibition will form part of Castlefield Gallery's 2021/22 exhibition programme (exhibition dates to be announced).
March 08, 2021
'Chats in Lockdown', Soft Bodies episode, featuring Emma Cousin, Megan Snowe and Raj Parameshwaran
As we look forward to reopening this September with our as yet unseen exhibition Soft Bodies, we have commissioned a special episode of exhibiting artist Emma Cousin’s podcast ‘Chats in Lockdown’. For this episode Cousin invited writer Rajesh Parameswaran (author of I Am an Executioner: Love Stories (2013) described by The Washington Post as “the advent of a genuinely distinctive voice in American fiction.”) and fellow exhibiting artist Megan Snowe. Their conversation takes the Soft Bodies exhibition as a starting point as well as the restrictions and changes to our daily activities caused by Covid-19, such as the increasing presence of video conferencing in our lives. The discussion takes places via the internet between London and New York and takes in such subjects as the disembodying and embodying nature of technology. The removal of things from the body, phantom limbs, body trash and the potential of inhabiting our non-flesh-based erogenous selves. The podcast also features music from Semi Precious, who collaborated with artist Jake Moore on Other Life (2019) also exhibited as part of the Soft Bodies exhibition.
July 30, 2020
In conversation: Nicola Ellis and Matthew Pendergast
Originally programmed for July 2020, a solo exhibition of work by Nicola Ellis will open at Castlefield Gallery in March 2021. To mark the occasion of what would have been the public preview, Matthew Pendergast (Castlefield Gallery Curator and Deputy Director) invited Nicola Ellis to talk about her work and artist placement at Ritherdon & Co Ltd.
July 02, 2020
In conversation: Bryony Dawson, Ryan Gander and Matthew Pendergast
To mark the occasion of what would have been the public preview of their exhibitions, Castlefield Gallery curator Matthew Pendergast invited artists Bryony Dawson and Ryan Gander to share some questions and thoughts on their works. Find images of the podcast here: - bit.ly/BaRfiles - bit.ly/BaRimage
May 21, 2020