Holmfirth Arts Festival 2012: Tim Shore - Writing Frame
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Start date: 17-Jun-2012
End date: 24-Jun-2012
Tim Shore - Writing Frame
The Old Print Shop, 19 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 2JR
17 – 24 June 2012 (window view)
Writing Frame is an installation that consists of a series of linked punched A1 cards that cascade off a simple wooden frame. Letters cut into the paper form a text that appears to run on, which reads:
"Enoch hath made them and Enoch shall break them"
This was the rallying cry of the Luddites of West Yorkshire who destroyed the new shearing frames, made by Enoch and James Taylor of Marsden, with iron sledgehammers - the ‘terrible Enochs’ made by the same Enoch Taylor.
The punched paper, and the frame it is attached to, reference the changes wrought by the automation and mechanisation of the weaving process, and in particular the coded instructions of the Jacquard loom.
Much of what is known about the Luddites was handed down through oral histories and shared memories that were transcribed and recorded a long time after the events of 1812. In running the words together, Writing Frame suggests how language and meaning (and history) can be lost or difficult to ‘read’.
Tim Shore Biography:
I am interested in the impact of technology on society and the individual, seeking to uncover and investigate its narratives and histories, embedded in the sites, places and things that surround us.
I studied at the Wolverhampton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. Exhibitions include: Oriel Mostyn Gallery Open, Llandudno; Recontres International, Paris; Site07, Stroud Valley Arts Spaces; Multichannel, ArtSway; Closer, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool; Th’Owd Towser Show, Holmfirth Arts Festival 2011; Wirksworth Festival 2011; Holmfirth Arts Festival 2012. My films have been shown at international festivals including: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Courtisane, Gent, Belgium; Edinburgh; EMAF, Osnabrück; Los Angeles; New York; Rotterdam; transmediale, Berlin.