I was pleased to be able to see the Metropolis: Reflections on the modern city show at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery last Saturday.

I have since found a useful press release pdf from Birmingham Museums

The personal highlights included works that seem to resonate with my current project, these included:

Christiane Baumgartner, Ladywood, [2010, (video 4m 36s)]

Nicolas Provost, Storyteller, [2011, (video projection 7m, 30s)]

Beat Streuli, Pallasades, [2001, (video 45min looped)] it was good to see this again, having seen it at Beath Struli show at Ikon in January. It plays tricks on the mind/eye as one expects people to cross from one screen to the other – but they do not which makes it strangely compelling as one drawn in to the details of the videos.

Yang Zhenzhong, Let’s Puff, [2002, Two screen digital projection] This was really effective and the production values were excellent, in particular the synchronisation of the two parts was exquisite.

Grazia Toderi, Orbite Rosse (Red Orbits), [2009, Two channel video installation] This was impressive and had a wow factor, it felt like an experience not merely a viewing. I aspire to be able show a work with such impact.

Mohamed Bourouissa, L’impasse (the dead end), [2007, Lambda print on aluminium]

Gardar Eide Einarsson, Untitled Landscape (Tear Gas Canisters), [2012, inkjet on aluminium]. This reinforced my inclination to experiment with producing black and white photographs as inkjet prints on aluminium to explore the comparative luminosity of such prints as compared to inkjet prints on paper and darkroom prints using traditional silver gelatine photographic paper.

Jochem Hendricks, Front Windows, [2009, Video projection, 6min]

As well as the Metropolis show I was also impressed by Hughie O’Donoghue’s, Three Studies for a Crucifixion I, [1996, Carborundum print], and was moved to study them more closely and to discover the more about the work.