Simon Starling

23.02.2013 — 24.03.2013

Modern Art Oxford

Black Drop

Radcliffe Observatory, Green Templeton College, Oxford Off-site artist film

Black Drop, a new film by Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling, will debut at the Radcliffe Observatory, Green Templeton College, Oxford from 23 February.

This film, specially commissioned by Modern Art Oxford in association with Oxford University, responds to the rare planetary phenomenon of the transit of Venus and its relationship to the beginnings of moving image technology.

A transit of Venus took place in June 2012, and was only visible in its entirety from the mid-Pacific. The next transit will take place in 2117, making 2012 the last in our lifetimes. With the medium of film rapidly disappearing, Starling journeyed to Hawaii and Tahiti to film the transit and the sites of previous observations – Point Venus, Tahiti in 1769 and Honolulu in 1874 – documenting the last transit to be recorded using 35mm technology.  The intriguing story highlights how film emerged from early scientific exploration.

Responding to the origins of the Radcliffe Observatory, Starling’s new film engages with the uniqueness of this historical site and its association with astronomer Dr.Thomas Hornsby, who observed the 1769 transit of Venus.

Black Drop 28 mins

Screening times, booking & access details

Due to the popularity of Simon Starling's 'Black Drop', screenings are now full. However Modern Art Oxford will be re-screening 'Black Drop' at the gallery this August.  Keep an eye on the website and social media for the details.

Every Sunday and Monday, 24 February - 24 March
Saturday 23 February, 9 & 23 March
Friday 1, 15 & 22 March
All screenings will start promptly at 6pm

Booking is essential due to limited capacity.  Please book online (scroll down this page) or book with us: 01865 722733 or info@modernartoxford.org.uk

The Small Print

Children under the age of 12 are not permitted, and children 12-16yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note there is no wheelchair access at the Observatory and there are 98 stone steps on the spiral staircase leading to the Observatory tower room.

This film was commissioned by Modern Art Oxford in association with the University of Oxford and presented with the support of Green Templeton College, Oxford and The Radcliffe Trust.

Artist talk with Simon Starling

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Event Dates

  • Off-site artist film 23.02.2013 — 24.03.2013

    'Black Drop', a new film by Turner-Prize winning artist Simon Starling, will debut at the Radcliffe Observatory, Green Templeton College, Oxford in February.

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 1 23.02.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

    Please bring the confirmation email of your booking to the Radcliffe Observatory for entry to the screening.

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 2 24.02.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

    Please bring the confirmation email of your booking to the Radcliffe Observatory for entry to the screening.

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    Sunday 24 February, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 3 25.02.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

    Please bring the confirmation email of your booking to the Radcliffe Observatory for entry to the screening.

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    Monday 25 February, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 4 01.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

    Please bring the confirmation email of your booking to the Radcliffe Observatory for entry to the screening.

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    Friday 1 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 5 03.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Saturday 23 February 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

    Sunday 3 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 6 04.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Monday 4 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 7 09.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Saturday 9 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 8 10.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Sunday 10 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 9 11.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Monday 11 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 10 15.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Friday 15 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 11 17.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Sunday 17 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 12 18.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Monday 18 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 13 22.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Friday 22 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 14 23.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Saturday 23 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

  • 'Black Drop' Screen 15 24.03.2013 at 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

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    Sunday 24 March, 6pm — TICKET SALES CLOSED!

Event Support & Sponsors

Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, The Radcliffe Trust

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