Marc Atkins and Rod Mengham
Marc Atkins and Rod Mengham will be showing films from their ongoing 'Sounding Pole' series, and presenting their project 'Fields of England' which consists of texts and still images. Their work is concerned to respond to, interpret and represent information that is hidden in the landscape and not straightforwardly visible but which nevertheless controls the way we see it.
The various esoteric traditions of the past are of interest to them when they collide with such concerns, but their work does not seek to continue such traditions into the present but to replace them with a contemporary re-imagining of our relationship to landscape.
Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at Cambridge University and Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College, Cambridge. He has collaborated with Marc Atkins on Sounding Pole Films and Still Moving (Veer, 2014). He has also published monographs on Dickens, Bronte and Henry Green; edited collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, fiction of the 1940s, Australian poetry; anthologies Altered State: the New Polish Poetry (2003), Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (2005); poetry, most recently Chance of a Storm (Carcanet, 2015) and translations, most recently Speedometry [poems by Andrzej Sosnowski] (Contraband, 2014).
Marc Atkins is an English artist, photographer, filmmaker and poet. He has lived and worked for many years in
London, but has also
spent extended periods of time in Rome, Detroit, New York, Warsaw and .
Publications include The Prism Walls
(Contraband); Logic of the Stairwell
(Shearsman); The Teratologists
(panoptika); Thirteen (Do-Not Press);
Warszawa [with Tadeusz Pióro &
Andrzej Sosnowski] (Wig-press); Faces of
Mathematics (panoptika); Paris
[with Iain Sinclair] (Reaktion);
Still Moving [with Rod Mengham]
(Veer). Atkins has presented his work and ideas on the image at venues such as
the Liquid City Royal Academy;
Royal College of Art; UEL School of Architecture; The New York University,
Paris; the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge University;
The Photographers Gallery; and the Université de Liège, . Belgium