Presenting the UK Premiere of a series of films curated by Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival & ArtHertz, Ghost Station is the new exhibition from ArtHertz taking place between 6 Sep – 6 Oct 2012 at Bletchley Park – the home of code breaking during World War II and the birthplace of modern technology. The films in question, screening at the Enigma Cinema in Bletchley, are Al Croseri’s feature length film, The Pigeoneers, Esther Johnson’s Analogue Kingdom and Tune In. Over 20 selected contemporary artists’ work will be interspersed amongst the museum’s exhibits in Hut 8, the Bombe Hut and a window of the mansion at Bletchley.
Analogue Kingdom is Gerald Wells’ story of obsession with wireless and electricity, an obsession that started in 1943 when he stole his first radio, aged thirteen, and continues today. Wells is founder and curator of the British Vintage Wireless and Television Museum.
Tune In is an astute and affectionate portrait of the unseen community of HAM radio enthusiasts.
The month long event is part of the Milton Keynes Heritage Open Days – Summer of Culture 2012 and explores themes of codes, code-breaking and messages, Alan Turing, the role of pigeons and women in World War II. The exhibiton also explores the ongoing ArtHertz agenda of the analogue / digital distinction. Ghost Station will also include the critically acclaimed collaborative piece, Station X (featured on BBC Radio 4) – an installation that documents the Bletchley buildings with sound, film, photography and surfaces. There will also be a closing party premiere of the war pigeon short, ‘Gustav’ by Dennis Da Silva.
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