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Exhibition, Fri 5 Oct 2018, free entry

The Remote Viewer: Windows on a Lost City

The Remote Viewer: Windows on a Lost City


A Light Night 2018 Event.The Remote Viewer presents two contrasting views of a Leeds which no longer exist. The video installation uses images from Godfrey Bingley’s archive in Special Collections.

Through rephotography techniques the modern city is re-haunted by a change we can no longer fathom. Discover the scale of urban transformation which has taken place.

The work explores the photograph as representation of loss. See Godfrey Bingley’s idyllic views of Headingley before its rapid urbanisation. In contrast view Leeds Corporation’s record of a condemned slum on Quarry Hill.

The original images used date between 1888 and 1910. The lost cities they represent seem very different.

The video installation is accompanied by sound, recorded at various stages of the image-making. Sounds include those captured while scanning the glass plates, walking the two areas looking for the disappeared streets, and the sound of the camera itself, recording the new views of Leeds.

The artist and researcher:

The Remote Viewer presents Michael C. Coldwell's work with the archives. It is the culmination of his practice-led research into hauntology. He is an audiovisual artist and PhD student at the School of Media and Communication.

Light Night Leeds is an annual free multi-arts and light festival that takes over Leeds city centre for two nights in October.

Image credit: Stills from The Remote Viewer by Michael C Coldwell, 2018

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 5 Oct 2018 18:00 to 22:00


Free entry


Treasures of the Brotherton


Parkinson Building, University of Leeds,
Woodhouse Lane,



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