MICHAEL C COLDWELL

The Disappearing City
(2014-2018)

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FANTASMOGRAPH

VIDEO ART

2018

This experimental music video for CC is also a test piece for a final video installation for The Remote Viewer.

The phantasmagoria was a form of photographic theatre that used magic lanterns to project ghostly images. This experimental film was created as part of my ongoing research project The Remote Viewer. It features "deconstructed rephotography" of north Leeds, using lantern slides by Godfrey Bingley taken in the late 19th century. The music is Fantasmograph by Conflux Coldwell, created using tape loops of a 19th century-style penny toy tin music box. This track is taken from CC's forthcoming album Zoetrope, which should be released later this year.

 

 

   
Michael C Coldwell Artist Photographer Spectrality Absence Wasteland Abandoned Post-industrial New Topographics  

RETURN TO NOWHERE

PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

2018

Even nowehere changes over time.

In this new series I revisit a non-place which I documented in last year's Failures of Presence photo book, to see how this strange void in the landscape has changed over 12 months.

 

 

   
Michael C Coldwell Hauntology Deconstruction Rephotography Leeds Research Quarry Hill Slum John Tagg Video Installation Test Piece  

SLUM CLEARANCE

VIDEO ART

2018

This experimental music video for CC is also a test piece for a final video installation for The Remote Viewer.

The film features archive photographs of Quarry Hill in Leeds, and is the latest output in my research project into rephotography and hauntology. The fieldwork for my PhD is now complete- the result has been a large corpus of impossible rephotographs, all depicting urban landscapes which no longer exist. My problem now is how to present these images in ways which communicate this thwarted rephotographic process, investigate the haunting/affecting qualities of the photographic artefacts themselves and continue to pose those crucial temporal and ontological questions of the medium. Here I try to evoke the experience of searching for these lost spaces, the absence of them - the images drift on top of each other, unresolved, unreconciled - though the photographs have been returned to where they came from, they can find no foothold, they are forever in limbo...

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

   
   

 

     
     

 

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