Phantom Walls

Phantom Walls is the title of Oliver Lodge’s book of 1929. Lodge was the University’s first Principal and his book explored the possibility of an afterlife – an alternative reality beyond death. Rowan takes this as his starting point. His portraits employ photography, video and sculpture to create phantom versions of the originals. In some of his works he brings to life the personal iconography and relationships of the subjects. In others their legacy and social impact is explored. Some of his pieces elevate inanimate objects to a lofty status or tell the stories of other people involved in the life and work of the sitter. All provide a fascinating alternative perspective of these key figures from the University’s history.

Clare Mullett: Research and Cultural Collections University of Birmingham 2015.

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Ether Communication Device
C-Type Photographic Print 1330mm x 1000mm
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Lodge Coherer
C-Type Photographic Print 1330mm x 1000mm
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'Truth is a Difficult Concept'
Photographic Print 1100mm x 727mm
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25th Sept 1971 A postman delivers letters to the Soviet Trade Delegation HQ
MI5 Archive Loan Object: Black and White Print
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Ether Communication Device
C-Type Photographic Print 1330mm x 1000mm
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Lodge Ether Radio Inducer
C-Type Photographic Print 1330mm x 1000mm
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Matrix Churchill Machine Parts
Photographic Print 1100mm x 727mm
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Picture of Gerald V Bull
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Project Babylon Model
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Chocolate Socialist
C-Type Photographic Print 1000mm x 1330mm
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Oleg Lyalin's COKOΛ (PП 310) Radio 1971
C-Type Photographic Print 380x380mm
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Oleg Lyalin's DDR Identity Card 1971
C-Type Photographic Print 380x380mm
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Oleg Lyalin's Avrora Cine Camera 1971
C-Type Photographic Print 380x380mm
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Oleg Lyalin's USA Identity Card 1971
C-Type Photographic Print 380x380mm
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Oleg Lyalin's Russian Trade Stamps Book 1971
C-Type Photographic Print 380x380mm
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Oleg Lyalin's USSR Identity Card 1971
C-Type Photographic Print 380x380mm
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Jeans Girls
C-Type Photographic print 750mm x 1000mm
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The Burman Engine
4K Video Presentation with audio 2 minutes 37 seconds