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Digital Futures among an Earthly Land


5th April - 7th April 21, Digital Symposium


Rollback, in a defining sense, not only encourages one to contemplate something that is discounted, where its value dramatically wanes in the face of it soon becoming unsellable; but also the restoration of the digital.  Among the digital; Rollback relates to the process of restoring a system or program to its past state; which is usually catalysed by an error.

During this Easter Recess, we take a step back to consider the ever growing blurring and merging of our physical lives with the digital; exacerbated by the Coronavirus Pandemic that has claimed many lives of our earthly land.  We ask viewers to, while stepping into the digital VOID of our symposium, to also, become aware of their presence in the larger than human world. In essence, Rolling back to our former selves among a more-than human land.

Rollback 21: Digital Futures among an Earthly Land encourages viewers through our series of artistic based programmes to consider their presence in the digital realm paralleled and blurred with our physical earthly land - endeavouring to investigate our anthropogenic more-than human world.

Rollback 21 is a 3 day digital symposium led by VOID during the Easter recess which includes guest lectures from Alexander Mourant, Quarry House Collective, and Clara Peh, alongside Portfolio Presentations, Dissertation Presentations and Peer-Led WIP Portfolio Review.

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Headline Speakers



To Feel Its Touch:
Alexander Mourant

5th Apr 2021 (Mon), 1.30pm (BST)



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Alexander Mourant is an artist based in London. His work has been included in publications such as FT Weekend Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Photograph, Unseen Magazine and The Greatest Magazine. Solo shows include Aomori at The Old Truman Brewery and Unseen Amsterdam, alongside group shows at Edel Assanti, Saatchi Gallery and Peckham 24. Mourant is a recipient of grants from ArtHouse Jersey, Jersey Bursary and Arts Council England. He has won the Free Range Award and was nominated for Foam Paul Huf Award. In 2020, Mourant became a member of Revolv Collective. He achieved BA Photography at Falmouth University, and MA Photography at Royal College of Art, London.


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Form & Materiality:
Quarry House Collective

6th Apr 2021 (Tues), 12pm (BST)



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Amberley, Helena, Cat and Ellie founded Quarry House Collective (QHC) after a group show 'Sculptili, Materiales. Conceptu.’ (The Fish Factory, Penryn, 2019) brought the artists together. From this instrumental moment a conversation formed around a shared interest in the poetics of sculpture, landscape, and drawing. 

QHC directly refers to a planned studio space at a granite quarry in Mabe, and it also references their ties to the materials and processes that have shaped them as artists and as a group. Since moving into the space at Porthmeor they have begun to weave their fermenting ideas into tangible works, and allow their practices to intertwine and grow together.




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Crypto Art & Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs):
Clara Peh  

7th Apr 2021 (Wed), 2pm (BST), 9pm (SGT)

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Clara Che Wei Peh is an arts writer and researcher based in Singapore. She completed her BA in Economics at Yale-NUS College and MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has held positions at Christie's New York, the 58th Venice Biennale and most recently, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore. Currently, she is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts, where she teaches visual culture and visual analysis.


Image Credit (by order):
Untitled (2020) by Pak (@muratpak)
0800 - This is a Fake Malevich by  Caio Sato (@PorraEuNaoCaio)
Diminishing Returns by  Mario Klingemann (@Quasimondo)

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Jem Southam in Conversation

7th Apr 2021 (Wed), 3pm (BST)

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Jem Southam (born 1950) is one of the most critically respected British landscape photographers working today. Celebrated for his important contribution to colour photography in Britain, Southam documents subtle changes in the landscape in relation to the passage of time.


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Programme Overview


Day One | 5th April 2021, Monday





*Peer-Led WIP Reviews #001:







9am-12pm (GMT)
Free, Registration Required

Using Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process as a framework to structure these sessions, the review offers a space for practioners to present W.I.P. portfolios in a small group format, tapping on their peers to gain feedback and alternate perspectives.

The session seeks to develop an informed and critical conversation around the work-in-question as opposed to directly dissecting the work for its formal considerations. 

*The reviews are for Photography students from Falmouth University


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Portfolio Presentation #001:
Something Where there Should Be Nothing: Nothing Where There Should Be Something (Anna Sturgeon)

The Beauty That Remains (Jess Eke)

3pm - 4pm (BST)
Free

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Something Where There Should Be Nothing: Nothing Where There Should be Something is an ongoing series that weaves a phantasmal narrative through the forging of images, past & present. It aims to explore the ‘egress between this world and another’ (Fisher, 2017), creating an alternative reality that is devoid of time and space.

The Beauty That Remains is an ongoing body of work by Jess Eke that uses Google Street View as a vehicle to travel back in time and capture childhood memories, bringing together modern technology and old alternative process.


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Day Two  | 6th April 2021, Tuesday




Portfolio Presentation #002:
EXTRACT (Miles Critchley-Hope)
Sociogram (Luke Brotherwood)

10am - 11am (BST)
Free

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Taking inspiration from Dafna Talmor and Edward Burtynsky, Miles Critchley-Hope takes the natural form and makes it unfamiliar and artificial, while our landscape continues to change as we extract more and more material from the earth’s surface. In this project entitled EXTRACT, Miles attempts a new way of seeing the Sublime in photography, by utilising metallic and man-made aesthetics. His imagery encourages us into a state of awe as we look over the textures and details and, by doing so, we come away with a realisation of our actions on the planet and perhaps a new appreciation of nature while we still have it.

Sociogram is an ongoing body of work by Luke Brotherwood that explores a post apocalyptic world that has been touched by a destructive human presence. Re-imagining the landscape, Brotherwood re-constructs narrative, often using archives as his point of departure, that is inspired by the contemporary human conditions & the religious nature of social media.


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*Peer-Led WIP Reviews #002:





2pm-5pm (BST)
Free, Registration Required


Using Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process as a framework to structure these sessions, the review offers a space for practioners to present W.I.P. portfolios in a small group format, tapping on their peers to gain feedback and alternate perspectives.

The session seeks to develop an informed and critical conversation around the work-in-question as opposed to directly dissecting the work for its formal considerations.

*The reviews are for Photography students from Falmouth University


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Day Three  | 7th April 2021, Wednesday




Portfolio Presentation #003:
Tiny Paces (Toby Woollen)
Untitled (Torran Penrice)

10am-11am (BST)
Free


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“I grew up on a farm, and I’ve lived on it for as long as I can remember. But I don’t see myself living here for much longer. As I’ve grown up, I’ve become increasingly distant to the idea of farming as a career. This project is a personal exploration of this distance, as well as the increasingly distant and apathetic relationship that we have to the land that feeds us.” - Verbatim from the artist, Toby Woollen

Often using the archive as the agency for his artistic inquiries, Torran Penrice’s practice focuses on a sense of time; reflecting the importance of tangible life amongst a disjointed and distanced existence.


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Portfolio Presentation #004:
Elapsed Existence (Alastair McNally)
Primordial Loop (Shona Waldron)

12pm-1pm (BST)
Free


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Elapsed Existence is a project driven by defining our collective perception of the natural world displaced by digital looking. We are enticed and submerged within multimedia platforms such as instagram, snapchat and facebook providing us with the ability to artificially communicate instantaneously with ease. Whilst having access has provided ‘infinite’ connectivity it has allowed us to bypass physical interaction, this has disrupted our sense of intimacy with time and material in regard to our ‘natural’ surroundings. In this series of film, virtual reality and still image I aim to portray a diminishing sense of connection to our natural environment whilst reflecting the human transition into a species driven by machine.


Shona Waldron is an interdisciplinary artist based between Cornwall and East Sussex, UK, exploring a diverse practice that encompasses photography, moving image and installation. Her work intends to blur demarcations and frequently combines digital and analogue techniques to manipulate the periphery of fact and fiction. Waldron also documents states of change or metamorphosis, themes which resonate particularly strongly with her current moving image projects, ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ and ‘Primordial Loop’. Through this, she explores the transition into a future which is impossible to predict or control.


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