Further Shreds: Open Studio

Feedback from last Open Studio was great, positive, and with good suggestions for further developments. So this next Open Studio will showcase developments since then.

Roger Bygott Open Studio. Ongoing work with shredded paper, installation and atmosphere.

4th Floor Federation House, Federation St / Balloon St, Manchester M60 0AF

To coincide with Salford Visual Arts 2nd years’ Exhibition – ‘Serendipity’ Private viewing: Friday 7th February 2014, 6 – 9 PM. Also on 4th floor.

And also on the 6th floor CACTUS ON TOUR @Toast Manchester: (Joanne Masding, Lil Atkinson, Rafal Topolewski, Charlie Godet Thomas, Ryan Gander). Opening Fri, Feb 7, 6pm.

Great chance to see what is going on at Fed House!

Programme for Open Studio

Programme for Open Studio

Further Shreds screenshot 2

Programme for open Studio

Facebook invite: https://t.co/jPM4bNjx0b


Open Studio

Having bumped into Kathryn Miller at Federation House I was excited to piggy-back on her ‘Up On The 5th Floor’ open studio event. I opened my project space up for the evening and got a good showing of 25 or so visitors.

Shred Project open studio Jan 2014

We also had a chance for the Federation House artists to meet and do a brief introduction.

Federation House Artists meeting

Federation House Artists meeting

UP ON THE 5TH FLOOR #1 | An installation by Antoine Barrot

This will be the first in a series of events launching in 2014 which will provide regional, national and international artists a pop-up exhibition space to showcase their work, exploring a diverse range of artistic approaches. The events will all be situated within a former office space on the 5th floor of the Co-Operative’s Federation House in central Manchester part of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces.

Federation House is quickly developing into a diverse creative community. To coincide with this exhibition by artist Antoine Barrot there will be an informal open 5th floor event where you can find out more about some of the different artists who are working within the building.



Curated by Kathryn Miller
Thur 16th Jan 2014, 5-9pm (Only)

Installation Development

Further work in progress from my residency at Federation House. The installation now has elements of video projection and sound. The audio is related to the images through the processing of old audio clips via audio generator software. A shredding of sounds.


Federation House Residency: Shred Project

Monday 11th November I started a six month residency at Federation House in Manchester. This is part of an ongoing New Arts Spaces scheme by Castlefield Gallery to utilise empty buildings in Manchester for artistic projects. Federation House is a seven floor office building owned, yet vacated,  by the Cooperative.

Federation House (From Dantzig Street)

Federation House (From Dantzig Street)

The vision is to create a large scale installation consisting of piles, circles, blocks (to be decided) of shredded printed materials such as books, magazines, maps, documents.

Other research in the space will involve creating 3D shred sculptures and 2D shred collages.  I want to research what it might mean to translate text into non-textual forms.

I will explore specific issues with more emotionally charged texts such as the Bible, works of Freud, Shakespeare etc. How might a viewer respond to a shredded bible? Can I claim this is a translation? Or is it a transliteration? Or just destruction? What is the authority of a text? Is one book more powerful than another? Why? In this age of digital text, is there still a taboo against destroying books? Personally I still feel a certain resistance to destroying even an out of date book. Interesting areas for reflection.

Shred Dance

Another dimension of the project could be to include dance/physical theatre. This could be a live performance or a video piece. I imagine dancers interacting with piles of shredded paper; the dancers shredding paper, creating piles of it, picking it up, moving with it.

I will also use my time in the space to research dancers and video options.

Preparing the Space

Fist job was to pull up all the Lino.

Open plan space and my 'office' door

Open plan space and my ‘office’ door


The ‘office’ residency space 

Clear floorboards and first piles of shred

Clear floorboards and first piles of shred