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Tobias Smith

Light After Dark

12 until 24 February 2009

PV: 11 February, 7 - 9pm

Power stations are both numerous and massive in their structure and yet they lie on the periphery of our landscapes and on the edge of our consciousness.
– Tobias Smith

Light After Dark is a series of photographs that affectively portray the mass energy that flows through England's primary power stations. Through the infrastructure of the National Grid these 32 structures warm, illuminate, charge and power our homes and industry. We are quick to use them as negative icons of pollution but wilfully ignorant of our reliance on the electricity they produce for our needs.

The show exposes the fragile relationship between energy production, the environment, and society's ever-increasing need for power. All of the images in this series are captured between sunset and sunrise with large format colour film exposures ranging between 2 minutes and 5 hours.

* Hal Foster, ‘Real Fictions’, Artforum, April 2017

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Event Schedule

3.00 – 4.10pm, Screening Programme 
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Héloïse Delègue, Beverley Gadsden, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort

4.30 – 6.40pm, Guest Contributors
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4.30 – 5.00pm, Ellen Kenyon Peers, 'Ana Key is Imagining Utopian Futures: Can art be used as a tool for change in contemporary politics?’
5 – 5.30pm, Emily Rosamond, 'Distortions'
5.30 – 6pm, Simone Rowat,' Forensic Aesthetics'
6.00 – 6.10pm, Guest Film Screening, Joey Holder, ‘Adcredo’ (2018)
6.10 – 6.40pm, Q&A 


7 – 9pm, Private View
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8 – 8.10pm, Performance, Paul Gaudet, 'A Glimpse Inside (Introducing Darren Reeves)', Performed by Darren Reeves (2018)
Exhibiting Artists, Héloïse Delègue, Beverley Gadsden, Paul Gaudet, Samantha Greer, Parinot Kunakornwong, Norman Mine, Denis Mortell, Miriam Naeh, Serkan Sarier, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort


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Conspiracy of the Real: Artistic Perspectives in a Post-Truth Climate was developed by:
Paul Chapellier, Héloïse Delègue, Saskia Fischer, Beverley Gadsden, Paul Gaudet, Samantha Greer, Parinot Kunakornwong, James Low, Norman Mine, Denis Mortell, Miriam Naeh, Phillip Reeves, Serkan Sarier, Varvara Shavrova, Marios Stamatis, Joseph Steele, Emily Willey, Johanne Wort. Project supervision by: Kate Pickering and Sam Plagerson. Special thanks to Michael Newman and Borbála Soós. Produced in collaboration with Tenderpixel and the MFA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths College. 

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