I found a stone on the bank of the Thames which was similar in size to a cassette tape, so made an edition of copies of it. The original tape (master) is exhibited alongside at least one of the copies.
The title refers to Nigel Kneale’s 1972 BBC drama The Stone Tape, in which tragic events of the past are preserved in ancient stones by electromagnetic forces.
Housed in a red brick former primary school, Nottingham’s Reactor Halls feels like a suitable place for a haunting. Outside in the playground an old sandpit has gone to seed, a wooden tricycle is left abandoned upon the tarmac. The whole place feels like the location for the sort of creepy British ghost story the BBC once excelled at. Inside, the reference is made explicit by the title of Graham Dunning’s Stone tape (2015), a chunk of blackened slate found by the artist on the Thames bank, resembling a cassette in size and shape. Taking its name from the 1972 broadcast written by Nigel Kneale about a group of engineers who discover the bricks of an old mansion bear the ghostly traces of its former occupants, the work comes as a pair, subtitled “master” and “copy”, the latter being a plaster cast of the former. Naturally, being an analogue copy, the copy renders its subject somewhat imperfectly, leaving the odd bubble on the surface – artefacts of reproduction, like tape hiss and dwindling bandwidth. – Robert Barry, Wire Magazine, August 2015 [link]
Reactor Halls, Primary, Nottingham, June 1015
Collecting // Objects // Sounding, Goldsmiths, University of London, June 2015
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