LUX Scotland presents: Matthew Cosslett, 'missing in-crypt tides'

Part of Margaret Tait Residency

14 September 2023

Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB, United Kingdom
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A film still of a bright orange rollercoaster track that loops and twists away from the viewer at extreme angles. The background is a black murky liquid.
Matthew Cosslett, 'missing in-crypt tides' (2023). Courtesy of the artist.

LUX Scotland is delighted to present the premiere of missing in-crypt tides’ by Matthew Cosslett, followed by a Q&A with the artist and David Upton, Public Programme Manager at LUX Scotland.

Matthew received the Margaret Tait Residency in 2022 and spent six weeks at the Pier Arts Centre’s Linkshouse Residency. missing in-crypt tides’ has grown from research developed while on the residency.

missing in-crypt tides’ is a moving image work positioned between Orkney’s cruise ship industry and an underwater data-centre sunk by Microsoft off Orkney’s coast. Compressed between ship and server, missing in-crypt’ tides locates the entirety of the network— user, content, experience, infrastructure— in Orkney, lamenting the shared realities of travel and technology.

Incorporating expanded camera produced content— a tourist marketed superzoom camera, found 360° video, content from TikTok and YouTube, generated imagery— missing in-crypt tides’ extends its eye to track strangers on the move, offering and withdrawing a waterlogged contemporary visual reality, rich with longing and distance.

These perpetual journeys are serenaded by vocaloid Eleanor Forte, who is cruising at-sea, saturated by true crime, TikTok, and technological illness. This voice travels alongside Orcadian folk music and manipulated found sound, blurring lines of priority and emotion between sound and image as they sink to the seabed.

missing in-crypt tides’ presents layers of destination-less and de-located travel, floating towards actual and technological death in both ship and server. Underwater, missing in-crypt tides’ eulogistic footage pipelines— slot machines, karaoke, rollercoasters, Orkney’s neolithic history— reproduce their lack of destination laced with unreachable desire.

Building a symbiotic hyper-personal and hyper-detached axis, missing in-crypt tides’ densely weaves together the body’s inhabitation of technology, and the exorcising of technology from the body. missing in-crypt tides’ locates a prism in Orkney, which refracts the camera, us, and the network.


6:30pm – Welcome
– Screening of​‘missing in-crypt tides’ (28 mins)
– Interval
– Matthew Cosslett Q&A with David Upton, LUX Scotland Public Programme Manager
– Ends

Booking + Access


The event is free to attend, but ticketed. Tickets are available to book directly through Glasgow Film Theatre here.


Glasgow Film Theatre has level access at the main entrance with a permanent ramp. Cinema 3 is on the ground floor, an accessible toilet and the upstairs bar can be reached via lift. For more information on venue accessibility please see the access section of Glasgow Film Theatre’s website here.

The film is captioned and Audio Description is available. The Q&A will be live captioned.

There will be a short interval between the film screening and the Q&A.

Content notes: missing in-crypt tides’ contains unstable and flickering camera motion between 05.25 – 08.02 and moments of loud peaking volume throughout.

A limited access fund is available to support audience attendance, which can be used for transport or the cost of childcare, carers or support workers. This fund will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please get in touch as soon as you can. For further information about access please email David Upton (he/​him) at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Matthew Cosslett

Matthew Cosslett is a Scottish multidisciplinary artist based in Glasgow, who interrogates physical and digital topographies with expanded camera produced content. Moulding digital archives, generated imagery, and shot footage with re-contextualised music and found sound, Matthew explores how we build and embody meaning in dirt and in data.

The Margaret Tait Residency

The Margaret Tait Residency is an opportunity for emerging artists working with film and moving image to develop their practice, delivered in partnership with the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney, with support from Creative Scotland.

Building upon the legacy of the residency delivered by Glasgow Film in 2012 and 2014, the residency is aimed at emerging artists working in film and moving image with up to 5 years professional experience and provides time and support for developing work and practice without the demands of deadlines or public presentation. The residency takes place at the Pier Arts Centre’s newly renovated facilities at Linkshouse – Orkney Arts Centre for up to 6 weeks.


The development of missing in-crypt tides’ has been supported through mentoring and training sessions with Joe Howe, Duncan Marquiss, Emmie McLuskey, Dennis McNulty and Charlotte Prodger.

Image description: A film still of a bright orange rollercoaster track that loops and twists away from the viewer at extreme angles. The background is a murky black liquid.

Closed Captions Open captions by Valery Tough

Audio Described Audio Description by Sensor Media Hub


Part of Margaret Tait Residency

The Margaret Tait Residency provides an opportunity for artists working with film and moving image to develop their practice, in partnership with the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney.

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