Inspired by a masterpiece of science fiction Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban. Time Back Way Back will see artist Sam Meech reimagine a small corner of South Cumbria as a haunting, post-apocalyptic world of science-fiction fantasy. Visitors will be immersed in a futuristic set and can expect to encounter performance, phosphorescent concrete forms, virtual reality and interactive projection mapping.
Drawing on the themes of Lost Stations in reference to the traces of railway networks and lines surrounding Barrow-in-Furness, Time Back Way Back will examine the idea of past technologies and past societies, through placing its visitors in the future. In the same way that the town’s railway traces indicate a past of booming industrialisation, the specially commissioned show will use interactive artworks to envisage a future that will unearth the traces of relics and railway networks that present civilisation will leave behind.
Sam Meech is an artist and videosmith based in the North West and his practice combines digital image making, projection design, community engagement, and machine knitting. Sam has exhibited both nationally and internationally including in London, Bilbao and Montreal and earlier this year he led Signal Film & Media’s digital artist development programme.
This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the kind support of Northern Rail, North West Film Archive (Manchester Metropolitan University), Be. Vocal Singing Company, Fine Castings (Manchester), S.G Castings (Nelson) and Arts Council England.
Preview Night: Wednesday 22nd November, beginning 6pm at Barrow Station, then over to Cooke’s Studios for 6.30pm. The Preview Night will begin with a special live choral performance from Be. Vocal singing group at Barrow Station, set to the backdrop of a new film which forms part of the exhibition.
Following the preview, the exhibition will open: Wednesdays – Saturdays 10.30am-5.30pm from Thurs 24th November until Sat 9th December.
There will also be late night openings every Thursday until 7pm.
Please fill in the below form to reserve your place for the preview night. If you require any further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kezz on 01229 838 592.