19 January 2017
Archive material recycled into new exhibition
Audio cassettes and 35mm slides rescued by two academics when a Shropshire college was set to dispose of them have been recycled for a new exhibition.
Pound Shop Logic is the product of lecturers Paul Jones, from Wrexham Glyndwr University, and Guy Mayman, from the University of Chester, and their Datamosh project.
The Fine Art academics were working on a collaborative project at Shrewsbury College of Art when they first heard about the material which was no longer wanted in the digital era.
But rather than see it go to waste they took ownership of it and began to think about how it could be used once again creatively.
The result is the new sculptural installation which has opened at Oriel Sycharth Gallery at Wrexham Glyndwr University.
The work comprises forms and characters developed by the artists during an activity they describe as live montage; a process where they reanimate their archive of images and sounds in improvised performances. This is an important element in the work they produce collaboratively as Datamosh.
Guy said: “The material is obviously educational-focused and on topics ranging from engineering to the manufacture of quorn and everything in between.
“The College no longer saw a need for it but for us as artists it’s an incredibly rich source of material. So we go through it all and pull out bits which we can juxtapose in interesting ways.”
Pound Shop Logic includes a set of tables which have been morphed into a giant sculpture covered in hazard tape. It also features live performers from time to time, as was the case at a Private View to mark the opening of the show.
Alec Shepley, head of the School for Media, Arts and Design at Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “Both artists have exhibited at the highest level at galleries in the UK, New York, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
“It’s great to see Guy and Paul working on this idea of DATAMOSH, playing with archives and allowing audiences to access them in a different way.”
The exhibition is open weekdays 9am to 4.30pm at the Oriel Sycharth Gallery at Wrexham Glyndwr University. Entry is free.