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Analog @ Riflemaker – London

25/03/2006 - 27/03/2006

Starting today and for the next 3 months Riflemaker is welcoming the works of a good bunch of contemporary artists bringing to the city some of the latest trends in sound & picture… Richard Nicholson, Clare Mitten, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and finally the Brazil-American duo Zigelbaum + Coelho… although in this case “trend” is something more like “retro”.

Until March 31st ANALOG @ Riflemaker (Soho) invites us to go from the  last of London’s photographic darkrooms to a working reel-to-reel music studio stopping at Z+C interactive light installation and Clare Mitten’s cardboard sculptures…

Richard Nicholson - Peter Guest

Analog is a relfexion about the impact of digital technology on print photography and music production, a story about iconic machinery and historic album productions. First stop… Richard Nicholson who began photographing London’s professional darkrooms in 2006 where there were some 214 still in existence; once the project was completed four years later only 5 remained. In these labs many of the iconic images of 20th-century culture were processed, from the high-contrast b/w prints of the cast of Trainspotting to lith portrait album covers for U2.

Second stop… the work by analogue aficionado Lewis Durham which (take notice also for this date) will be installed at Riflemaker including the equipment from the legendary Atlantic Studios in Muscle Shoals (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles) along with Elvis Presley’s 8-track recorder from RCA Studios New York… and will perform Tuesday February the 8th.

Clare Mitten’s cardboard computers, tablets, mobile phones and all those trendy devices we saw last week @CES are very present in a less digital but just as iconic way… “transforming today’s everyday pods back to analogue”.

the conception of a backup unit by Clare Mitten

And our favorite …. the massive interactive, computational light installation by Zigelbaum +Coelho, winners of the prestigious Designer’s of the Future award at Miami/Basel Design 2010. Z+C have taken the humble pixel from its onscreen habitat and placed it on the wall, ie back in the physical world. The result is an interactive digital/analogue mix which you the viewer becomes an integral part of.

More info in Riflemaker’s Gallery website.


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