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Phoenix is a haven for world cinema, independent movies, film festivals and media arts, based in the heart of Leicester's cultural quarter.
Mon to Fri: 9.00 - 23.00
Sat & Sun: 10.00 - 23:00
All exhibitions are free of charge, fees vary for screenings and performances
Extrinction Event - an exhibition by Dave Griffiths
After studying the distant cosmos with scientists at the University of Leicester, artist Dave Griffiths has been inspired to create Extinction Event, a new artwork commissioned specially for this exhibition at Phoenix.
Extinction Event draws on Dave's fascination with both film and astronomy, embedding a map of tiny film fragments on the windows of the Phoenix cafebar. Bring your magnifying glass and observe a history of cinema told through cue-dot bursts. Astronomy and cinema are also explored in the film Seer's Catalogue on the cafebar video-screens.
The exhibition continues in the cube gallery with Babel Fiche, a film that imagines what future generations might make of us from the moments we choose to capture and share. Babel Fiche was created from a crowd-sourced archive of videos distilled and compressed onto microfiche film, a selection of which will also be on display.
Dave Griffiths is an artist, filmaker and curator based in Manchester. His work has been shown internationally, from China to the first ever video-art show in Tripoli, Libya. In 2010 he co-curated the major exhibition UnSpooling - Artists and Cinema at Cornerhouse and this year he has been nominated for the Northern Art Prize.
Extinction Event has been commissioned by Phoenix and MIRIAD. Babel Fiche was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella with support from North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University, co-produced by Castlefield Gallery and Film and Video Umbrella. Supported by Arts Council England.
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