Here in This Room / The Registry

Alex Tyson, 'The Registry' (2021).
David Haxton, 'Painting Room Lights' (1981)
Deborah Findlater, 'Rituals' (2019)
Duncan Marquiss, 'Mirror Test' (2019)
Geraldine Snell, 'Dancing' (2020)
Sophie Michael, 'Rabbit hole' (2021).
Wanja Kimani, 'Borrowed Intimacy' (2013)
04 Jun –
13 Jun

Press release

S1 Artspace re-opens to the public with Sheffield DocFest’s group exhibition ‘Here in This Room’ and Alex Tyson’s ‘The Registry’.

The exhibition ‘Here In This Room’ includes moving image, installation, mixed media, sound and performance. Artists featured at S1 Artspace include: David Haxton, Deborah Findlater, Duncan Marquiss, Geraldine Snell, Sophie Michael and Wanja Kimani.

Curated by Sheffield DocFest Arts Programme Curator Herb Shellenberger.

Click here to book free tickets via Sheffield DocFest.

Opening Times:
Friday 4 – Sunday 13 June | 11AM – 6PM

‘Here in This Room’ is a group exhibition by Sheffield DocFest taking part at S1 Artspace, Site Gallery and on Sheffield DocFest’s Online Exhibitions Platform.

The exhibition focuses on the dual concepts of “domestic ambience” and “domestic surrealism”, considering the ways that artists have depicted or reimagined living spaces, domestic labour/routines, or many different ideas of home. Intended as a productive feedback loop with the extraordinary circumstances that led many of us to be “stuck at home” for many months on end, ‘Here In This Room’ looks to the ways that artists have seen domestic spaces differently.

Whether viewers encounter these works—produced across different years, geographies and perspectives—within the contemplative space a gallery or through our online programme while in their own domestic space, the aim is for these artists’ work to act as invitations to look at and appreciate space in new, unintended and even fantastical ways.

‘The Registry’ is a new moving image installation by Los Angeles-based artist and independent filmmaker Alex Tyson commissioned by Sheffield DocFest.

An evolution from his past works of formal innovative documentary film, The Registry is the artist’s first narrative work, an elliptical, layered psychological horror that brings together multiple storylines which intersect in complex ways. Embedded within these narrative threads are topics salient to the documentary/non-fiction field: the afterlives of images of war and their fictional representation; the potential tokenisation of subjects, stories, and makers by the industry; and the ethical dilemmas arising from the commercialisation of the stock image/footage market.

These topics are related subtly through Tyson’s own cinematography, editing, and sound design—always unconventional and off-kilter—and through the juxtaposition of the film’s looped projection with an additional projection of documentary footage referenced in the film’s narrative.

This work can be viewed at S1 Artspace and online from 4-13 June.

Sheffield DocFest is an international film and arts festival with a mission to spark imaginations and empower our capacity for change by celebrating, championing and debating documentary film and art as a collective form of engagement.

DocFest looks to question the boundaries of documentary film through a programme that challenges trends, brings diversity and enriches debate. The festival invites audiences to engage with experiences and stories from different parts of the world and to join makers in inspiring moments.

The 28th edition will be a hybrid festival taking place 4–13 June, in Sheffield, in cinemas across the UK and online.