5 – 22 May 2015
Moose meets Elephant
Exhibitions, Study Days, Residency, Forums, In Conversations, Meetings, Launch, Film, Debate, Cake
Moose on the Loose explores the synergy and energy of research. It is organized by the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) at the London College of Communication at the Elephant & Castle in South London, and takes place across UAL and London and further afield. Moose is open, curious and with a sense of occasion and event. Ranging from intimate roundtable discussions to major symposiums, from tabletop archive displays to large -scale exhibitions, it, celebrates transitory interventions as well as lengthy research projects.
The overall aim of Moose is to encourage and celebrate research initiatives, large and small, with wide ranging themes, from design activism to the intersection of poetry and film.
The 2015 Moose on the Loose exhibition programme is based around archives of time, place and community, from Paul Lowe’s panoramas of war-torn Bosnia, to the making of Work Stations, Anna Fox’s chronicle of 1980s’ office life. From the archive objects in the Radical Attic to the wandering Museum of Reinvention to the file cards created by the Directory of British Photography Collections in the 1970s, the archive is mediated by contemporary curatorial vision.
As commentators discuss the resonance of the digital, emerging photographers revert to the analogue. Shadows, a symposium created by the London Alternative Photography Collective in partnership with PARC, will explore this.
Writer, curator and artist David Campany will deliver the Moose on the Loose 2015 Lecture, on the magazine work of Walker Evans exploring the archives of this monumental figure in photography. Once again, we are delighted to be working with Alexander Cooper of LCC Letterpress, who has created a new set of works – Six Arctic Animals, for Moose 2015.
The archive has been the subject of a number of major documentary films over the past years – and the Moose Cinema is a major part of the 2015 biennale. Finding Vivian Maier uses archives to explore family and society and is screened for the Women and Wit Firecracker symposium. In a new film To be Destroyed, Sara Davidmann’s journey from archive to artwork is an extraordinary family story. Film archive is explored via films by Len Lye from the 1920s to the 1950s. Film as Information is profiled in a selection of shorts from the 1940s to the 1990s and the film archive of photographer Martin Parr presents films from the late 1990s to the present, with Parr himself in conversation with Nicholas Barker at LCC. Pratap Rughani’s documentary filmmaking will play a prominent part in the Moose Cinema programme.
Constantly aware of our location, we have invited the artist instigators of the People’s Bureau, based at the Elephant and Castle to engage with Moose with a residency at LCC based around their community archive, inviting cross- community participation and collaboration at a time of immense change for the area.
Come and join us at Moose on the Loose 2015 – see the exhibitions, join the conversations, take time out in the Moose Cinema, seek out Moose across London, from Bloomsbury to Chelsea and further afield, to events in Kent and Sussex. It’s all free and you’re all welcome and there’s cake.