About the Magnetic Memories Project
       
     
Danielle and Friend on the Lawn, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
Sue in Stockwell, 1997
       
     
Glitter Wrestling for Madame Jojo's, 2001
       
     
School Play 1, 1991
       
     
Fin on Summer Camp, Northumberland, 1995
       
     
School Play 2, 1991
       
     
Sister Dancing, Suffolk, 1994
       
     
Cameron & Fran, Perth, AUS, 1991
       
     
Danielle on Her Bike 2, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
Across the Street, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
School Play 3, North London, 1991
       
     
The Little Dude, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
About the Magnetic Memories Project
       
     
About the Magnetic Memories Project

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The Magnetic Memories project began in late 2015 when Charlie accidentally came back into contact with a [bad] horror film he made on VHS with a friend when he was 14. 

Watching it again so much later roused conflicting feelings of warmth, hilarity,  mortification & self-loathing.

He began a trawl for other unique moments on videotape by offering to digitise publicly submitted footage for free — in exchange for permission to use images from the content to create new artworks.

Via a social media campaign and word of mouth, extraordinary memories began to appear on ageing cassettes...

Image: Still from Zombie High 2, 1995

Danielle and Friend on the Lawn, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
Danielle and Friend on the Lawn, Reno, Nevada, 1983

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

Danielle was born in Reno, Nevada to an English mother and an American father. When Danielle was five years old, her parents separated. Her mother took her to her native South London where they started again.

Every summer holiday, Danielle would be put on a plane to Reno where she’d stay with her dad.

After her father passed away in 2003, Danielle’s half-brother — a video technician from the University of Texas — gave her a 1hr45 minute videotape which he edited together from all the summers that Danielle spent with her father from 1986 to 1994 — a sort of home-movie Boyhood. [view clip here]

“The part with the little dude [left] is outside an apartment my dad rented in Reno after my parents split up and the house was sold… My dad always amazingly found me little playmates… He was well into photography and filming... I think he became slightly obsessed in having a daughter, especially one that was taken away from him. He left his first wife and 2 boys so really clung onto me and my Mum. Which is why my ma had to get divorced. He was very possessive and jealous. I wasn't aware of all this of course...”

Sue in Stockwell, 1997
       
     
Sue in Stockwell, 1997

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

In 1997 Sue's partner Becalelis was involved in a local protest movement in Stockwell, South London. Property developers demolished a local church community centre (along some of the only trees in the area) to make way for a car park.

The image comes from footage Becalelis shot to document his protest movement.

Glitter Wrestling for Madame Jojo's, 2001
       
     
Glitter Wrestling for Madame Jojo's, 2001

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

In preparation for a gig, indie band The Miggs videotaped themselves writhing around on a mattress whilst covering each other in glitter... They projected an edit of the footage on a big screen behind them as they performed in Soho's (now closed) celebrated venue...

 

School Play 1, 1991
       
     
School Play 1, 1991

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

Footage from a north London school play submitted by Jess O' Keeffe — a visually extraordinary piece which defies the standard of parent-filmed nativity.

"The boho teachers had been given free reign and the result was pretty out there"...

Fin on Summer Camp, Northumberland, 1995
       
     
Fin on Summer Camp, Northumberland, 1995

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)
 

An image from Charlie's personal archive of Hi8 footage — a coming-of-age school camping trip to the coast, post-GCSEs...

School Play 2, 1991
       
     
School Play 2, 1991

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

Footage from a north London school play submitted by Jess O' Keeffe — a visually extraordinary piece which defies the standard of parent-filmed nativity.

"The boho teachers had been given free reign and the result was pretty out there"...

Sister Dancing, Suffolk, 1994
       
     
Sister Dancing, Suffolk, 1994

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

Another from Charlie's own archives... Here his sister is dancing in the garden...

Cameron & Fran, Perth, AUS, 1991
       
     
Cameron & Fran, Perth, AUS, 1991

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

Cameron went to the desert with three friends to celebrate his birthday....

Danielle on Her Bike 2, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
Danielle on Her Bike 2, Reno, Nevada, 1983

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)


Following on from the screenprint in the same series, here Danielle rides her bike around the garden of her father's post-divorce apartment...

Across the Street, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
Across the Street, Reno, Nevada, 1983

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

The view from Danielle's father's apartment...

School Play 3, North London, 1991
       
     
School Play 3, North London, 1991

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

Footage from a north London school play submitted by Jess O' Keeffe — a visually extraordinary piece which defies the standard of parent-filmed nativity.

"The boho teachers had been given free reign and the result was pretty out there"...

The Little Dude, Reno, Nevada, 1983
       
     
The Little Dude, Reno, Nevada, 1983

Hahnemühle print
10 x 12.5cm  |  open edition
£35 (unframed) / £75 (framed)

For info read blurb on initial slide in this sequence...