Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A film to be shown during the exhibition

Factory Floor: An Archive Sheffield Film (FoTM Trailer) from Nathan Gibson on Vimeo.

Along with the photographic prints and their tactile equivalents on display, there will also be a short documentary film being shown in a dedicated area in the gallery.

In 2013, Clive began his residency at TSL Turtons, factory in Sheffield where they manufacture large metal springs. Over several months, Clive regularly returned to the factory, building up an extensive archive of documentary images and large format portraits. The project arose from his PhD research and as "Archivist in Residence" he worked alongside the men in the factory, documenting their day-to-day lives and working methods.  

In Clive's own words:
My particular concerns for the study are the apprentices: many of the workforce who command some of the key skills are very close to retirement and the company's longevity will rely on these skills being passed on.

As the project progressed it became apparent that the factory would also provide a fascinating subject for a short documentary film and, to this end, Clive invited his friends Nathan Gibson and Marcus Sarko to get involved. Filming throughout the winter of 2013 and into the New Year, the three gradually brought together the 15-minute film, Factory Floor, which will receive its third public outing as part of The Tactile Image exhibition.

A collection of the still images Clive shot during this project.

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