TIME BACK WAY BACK
20 MAR - 18 APR
© Photograph by Philip Hatfield
104 Abbey Road, LA14 5QR
Exhibition Opening Times:
Sat 21 March – Sat 18 April
Open Wed-Sat | 11am – 5pm
Launch Evening: Wed 22 Nov 6pm Starting at Barrow Train Station
Includes live performance from Be.Vocal choir
Inspired by a masterpiece of science fiction, Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, Time Back Way Back sees artist Sam Meech reimagine a small corner of South Cumbria as a haunting, post-apocalyptic world of science-fiction fantasy.
Drawing on the theme of Lost Stations, in reference to the traces of railway networks and lines surrounding Barrow-in-Furness, Time Back Way Back examines 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 show uses interactive artworks to envisage a future that will unearth the traces of relics and railway networks that present civilisation will leave behind.
"What would the post-apocalyptic future of our digital present look like?’ What of our society would survive an apocalypse, if digital data did not? What would be our artefacts, and what would a future society built on those artefacts look like?"
- Sam Meech
Sam Meech is an artist and videosmith originally from the North West and now based in Montreal, Canada. 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 in 2017 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.