AboutIn Summer 2007, when photographer Richard Nicholson decided to shoot images of professional darkrooms in and around London, some 204 were still in existence, continuing the printing of image from film-stock to paper within the new digital era. When he completed the project some three years later, only 8 remained.
Nicholson's remarkable archive forms part of the exhibition ANALOG which considers the fate and in some cases the growth of analogous production, particularly with regard to photography, film and music in the age of the virtual. While the darkroom images - 'camera' (room) 'obscura' (dark) - occupy our ground floor space, a reel-to-reel, multi-track tape studio assembled by Lewis Durham (of the band Kitty, Daisy & Lewis) will be installed in our upper lounge.
Winners of the Design Miami/Basel Designers of the Future award, Zigelbaum + Coelho, will present the UK debut of their computational, interactive light installation which steals the pixel from the screen and re-introduces it to the physical sphere, while Clare Mitten's re-analogued sculptures of laptop and fone tech, which seem to convert virtual gadgets back to the material world, will reside in the old gun-testing space, accompanied by 'the tape-recorder symphonies' of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
A Riflemaker book has been published to accompany the exhibition, priced at £10 (see below)