Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Postgraduate students on the inaugural Curatorial Practice programme commission new work by Michael Barr for Graduate Degree Show


  • Students on the GSA’s inaugural MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme have jointly commissioned the new work
  • Barr will commemorate Meirles’ failed proposal to locate a model of a typical council house by the City Chambers during Glasgow 1990 
  • Exhibition will be staged in Intermedia Gallery at the CCA as part of the GSA’s 2015 Graduate Degree Show

Michael Barr: Untitled Work for Glasgow Cross (2015). 
Photograph courtesy Rae-Yen Song 

Graduating students from the inaugural MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme at The Glasgow School of Art have commissioned a new work by Glasgow-based artist, Michael Barr, for Intermedia Gallery at the CCA as part of the GSA’s 2015 Graduate Degree Show. The work combines historical material held in The Third Eye Archive at the CCA with documentation of an off-site performative intervention, that will occur in the days preceding the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition runs from Saturday 12 September – Saturday 19 September 2015.

“The proposal for John St. has been received from the artist, Cildo Meireles. He wishes to construct a 'council house' within the precinct formed by the arches, essentially to bring 'the periphery' into the centre and to articulate the complex interconnections of poverty, wealth, power and responsibility, specifically focussed on issues of housing and planning in the city."
Extract from a letter from Euan McArthur, Glasgow organizer of the TSWA Four Cities project, held in the Glasgow Miracle Archive at the CCA.

September 2015 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Cildo Meireles' failure to make a temporary public artwork in Glasgow. Meireles was invited to propose a work for the TSWA Four Cities Project in 1990, but his intention to install a model of a typical Glasgow council house in John Street behind the City Chambers was rebuffed by the then Glasgow District Council. Barr will acknowledge the anniversary by reimagining Meireles’ proposal whilst preserving, or even furthering, the poetic potential of its failure.

Barr frequently makes unannounced interventions in public spaces which push at the meanings of the contexts in which they unfold. His practice seeks to engage broad audiences in ways which are often beyond his control, and is more concerned with [the production of cultural signs than it is with the making of art.

‘In my practice I often use public intervention which treads lightly but deliberately across a political terrain,” says Michael Barr. “The archival material concerning the rejection of Meireles’ proposal offered a timely focal point, around which I could arrange an exploration of these interests. This commission represents a very welcomed opportunity to make such an exploration.’

The commission has been delivered collaboratively by the graduates from the inaugural MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme. It is one of five curatorial projects that include exhibitions, a mobile screening programme and a library, curated individually by students Ashley Holdsworth, Marcus Jack, Grace Johnston and Rosie O’Grady.

The graduates said: 'In commissioning a new work by Michael Barr, we wanted to provide an opportunity for an emerging artist as a gesture of commitment to supporting artistic production. We are excited by the work that Michael has developed for Intermedia Gallery, which continues to demonstrate his considered and playful response to specific contexts.’

For further information on the TSW Four Cities Project see:
http://glasgowmiracle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the-1990-tswa-four-cities-projects-in.html

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press@gsa.ac.uk
0779 941 4474

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GSA 2015 Graduate Degree Show: Michael Barr
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA),
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
Saturday 12 September – Saturday 19 September.
Tue – Sat: 11am – 6pm; Sun: 12noon – 6pm closed Mon

This specially commissioned exhibition by students from the inaugural MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme at The Glasgow School of Art reimages Cildo Meireles' proposal for a temporary public artwork – a model of a typical Council house - during the Glasgow 1990 Year Culture, which was sadly rejected by Glasgow District Council.
Entry free
For further details visit www.cca-glasgow.com


Notes for Editors


For further information on the TSWA Four Cities Project see http://glasgowmiracle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/the-1990-tswa-four-cities-projects-in.html

Michael Barr
Michael Barr is a Glasgow-based artist. He read Geography at the University of Cambridge (2007) before graduating from the Environmental Art department at the Glasgow School of Art (2015). Recent works include durational performative interventions at Glasgow Cross (2015), Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (2015), and the Isle of Eigg (2014). His work was included in SO IT IS, The Briggait, Glasgow (2014). Recent residencies include those with the Saint Laurent Arts Programme, France (2014), The Bothy Project (2014), and Cuxhavener Kunstverein, Germany (2013).

MLitt: Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art)
MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) is a new 12-month programme, offered jointly by The Glasgow School of Art and The University of Glasgow. Embedded within the city of Glasgow, it draws upon the community of artists, gallery professionals, institutions and international connections. Taught by dedicated staff and guest faculty, including curators and artists, the programme strikes a balance between discourse and practice and follows a workshop model, whereby participants engage on a range of live briefs and projects throughout the year. Earlier in the year, the graduating students collaborated to deliver The only way to do it is to do it, an exhibition and series of events at the Hunterian Art Gallery, which runs 17th March - 4th October 2015.

CCA
CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts is Glasgow’s hub for creative activity. The building is steeped in history and the organisation has played a key role in the cultural life of the city for decades. CCA’s year-round programme includes cutting- edge exhibitions, film, music, literature, spoken word, festivals, Gaelic language events and much more. CCA also provides residencies for artists in the on-site Creative Lab space, as well as working internationally with residencies in Norway and Quebec. CCA curates six major exhibitions a year, presenting national and international contemporary artists, and is home to Intermedia Gallery which showcases emerging artists. www.cca-glasgow.com 



Friday, 21 August 2015

Laura Thomson’s Senseless selected for GSA's 2015 Graduate Degree Show publicity material



 
Image from the photographic series, ‘Senseless’ by Masters in Communication Design graduate, Laura Thompson,
will feature on the GSA’s 2015 Graduate Degree Show publicity material.

An image of a mirrored  “yeti-like creature” by Communication Design graduate Laura Thomson has been selected for the GSA’s 2015 Graduate Degree Show publicity material. Laura, who was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, moved to Scotland in 2007 and has recently completed a Master’s degree in Communication Design (photography) at The Glasgow School of Art.

‘Senseless’ is a photographic project, which is based on anthropological and scientific theories associated with human dislocation from the natural environment and the subsequent dulling of our senses.

The sociologist Richard Sennett states that urban sprawl and technological advances in transportation are some of the many ways in which our ‘progress’ has made us more and more detached from nature and even other people, creating a passive culture that has led to the deprivation of our senses. Anthropologists such as Lévi-Strauss have also noted the opposite occurring in cultures that are still living and participating in a natural environment, particularly those cultures with roots in mythology and animism. Their belief of the connectedness of everything on earth has made them especially in tune with their senses, and as such have a much more heightened awareness of the world around them.

“I began to look into various mythologies from around the world and also the costumes associated with them and observed most involved the covering of the face and many times the entire body to transform the person into a mythical being,” says Laura.  “At the same time I was looking at urban legends and hoaxes such as Bigfoot and people’s obsessive fascination of these elusive beasts.”

“What interested me most was that many seemed to be based on existing mythologies and the fact that many of these creatures, seemed to be trapped between two worlds. Bigfoot being the prime example is not quite human or animal so wanders on the fringe of both, not really belonging to either”.

“From this research, I began to create modern day mythological narratives in which I explore themes associated with the dislocation of our senses. The images are centred on five constructed ‘yeti-like’ creatures, which are made up of hundreds, or in some cases thousands, of individual items, such as, disposable manmade plastic forks, earplugs, vinyl gloves, car air fresheners or compact mirrors. With each creature representing one of the senses with the proposition that they have become consumed by these modern, materialistic items and as such can no longer sense anything at all. Neither human nor animal, they wander between worlds fitting in nowhere, yearning to be part of a world they no longer belong to, and in so doing have become creatures of myth.”

Laura Thomson’s work will be on show in the Reid Gallery, Reid Building at GSA Graduate Degree Show from Saturday 12 – Friday 18 September 2015. 
Open Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm; Saturday/Sunday 10am – 5pm (last admission 30 mins before closing). Entry free.

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Notes for Editors


Laura Thompson was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and moved to Scotland in 2007 to attend St Andrews University. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in business and international relations, but realised she wanted to do something more creative, so in 2012 attended the London College of Communication where she received her diploma in photography. A year later, Laura began at The Glasgow School of Art and recently received her Masters in Communication Design. She currently lives in Glasgow.

Programme of Design events for businesses and designers launches in Highlands and Islands


  • Design experts Iain Aitchison of Plan and David Freer of O Street leading events as new Design Network in the Highlands and Islands launches. 
      
Iain Aitchison of Plan and David Freer of O Street

The Design Network has unveiled the first events in a programme to be staged across the Highlands and Islands in the coming weeks beginning with Skills for Strategic Design Consultancy in Inverness tonight, 21 August 2015.

The network is part of an exciting new partnership between The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The Creative Futures Partnerships sees the expansion of the GSA across the region, and will make a wide range of teaching and research opportunities available to students, businesses and communities.

The Design Network will take the form of an internationally linked, entrepreneurial design and design research network. Beginning with events in Inverness, the network then goes to Oban and the Shetland Islands and will reach across the region as the programme develops.

The initiative is led by Kate Hooper, Senior Production Manager at the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation and Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

“Through the Design Network the GSA and HIE are collaborating to support a flourishing design community in the Highlands and Islands,” says Kate Hooper. “It will link communities and businesses in the region into national and international design expertise and design research.”

“We are particularly aiming to develop a nuanced understanding of design and designers in the region, and to create a greater awareness amongst non-design companies of the transformational qualities that design brings to businesses and communities,” she adds.

Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, HIE said: “We’re delighted to launch the Design Network, which will give voice to the design community across the Highlands and Islands. The idea is that the network will grow along with the businesses themselves, and by recognizing the skills and talents that already exist in the area we can all work together to grow this reputation far beyond the region.”

“I’m particularly excited to see the level of demand that there has already been for these sessions.”

In the first Design on the Road event tonight - Skills for Strategic Design Consultancy - Iain Aitchison Director of London-based design strategy consultancy, Plan will share his experience and expertise with design practitioners.

The second Design on the Road event - Bespoke, boutique and international - will take place in Kinetic Studios in Oban on 10 September. It will be led by David Freer, co-founder of boutique design studio, O Street, and is aimed at small to medium sized creative businesses who are keen to reach out to national and international clients.

The third event - Exploiting creativity with software tools - will take place in Lerwick on 1 October and will see Don McIntyre from the GSA’s Institute of Design Innovation return to his roots to lead an exploration of creative approaches to using software tools to help small businesses. 

Meanwhile The Design Network is also hosting a sell out session, Preparing for Art School at the beginning of September.

Further details of the events and how to book below.

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Further information:

Notes for Editors

  • The Creative Futures Partnership’s Design Network is a collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It aims to offer communities and businesses across the Highlands and Islands access to national and international design expertise through a range of formal and informal events. Its programme will also be aligned with the research and teaching work of The Glasgow School of Art.


DESIGN ON THE ROAD 1:

SKILLS FOR STRATEGIC DESIGN CONSULTANCY
Date: 21st August 2015, 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Ironworks, Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1LX
Free to attend

An informal session aimed at designers and aspiring designers who may be interested in broadening their roles.

Research shows that there is a direct link between design and better business performance.  As a result, designers' skills are increasingly in demand in a wide range of strategic roles advising on areas such as business processes and decision making.

Iain Aitchison is Director of London-based design strategy consultancy, Plan. He often works from the Highlands and Islands, where he has a home. He’ll share his perspective on the top skills designers in the region can develop to take on more strategic roles. From being able to frame complex problems to facilitating multidisciplinary decision making or developing your own design brief, Iain will share his top tips from over a decade consulting to top global firms including Bacardi, British Gas, Lenovo, Mars, Samsung, Unilever, Wrigley’s and Yamaha Motors.



DESIGN ON THE ROAD 2:

BESPOKE, BOUTIQUE AND INTERNATIONAL.
Date: Thursday 10th Sept  6-8pm
Location: Kinetic Studios, Oban

Bespoke, boutique and international.
This informal session is aimed at small to medium sized creative businesses who are keen to reach out to national and international clients, and is hosted by David Freer, co-founder of boutique design studio, O Street. David will share ideas and examples on building new business leads and relationships in national and international locations, as well as looking at new ways of working remotely.

David co-founded boutique design studio, O Street in Glasgow 8 years ago. He specialised in Graphic Design at the GSA and Rhode Island School of Design. He has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and spent the start of his career at Saatchi & Saatchi in London. He is now also a research associate of the Institute of Design Innovation at the GSA


DESIGN ON THE ROAD 3:

EXPLOITING CREATIVITY WITH SOFTWARE TOOLS
Date: Thursday 1st October
Lerwick, Shetland, venue to be confirmed.

Creative Technologist and Programme Director at the Institute of Design Innovation, Don McIntyre heads to the place of his birth to host this session, which explores creative approaches to using software tools to help small businesses. 

Booking information will be released soon




Tuesday, 18 August 2015

First Leverhulme International Network of Contemporary Studies symposium (1 Sept 2015) to focus on Mackintosh and the GSA campus

  • International academics and practitioners brought together for Mackintosh’s Contemporary: the contemporary, tradition and history
  • Symposium will examine three moments of the Contemporary on the GSA campus: the Mackintosh Building as a ‘contemporary’ rather than ‘modern’ building; the Reid building as a contemporary reworking of the original Mack; and the project for the contemporary rebuilding of the Mackintosh library. 


The Mackintosh Building and Reid Building at the GSA. 
The relationship between the two buildings will be examined as part of the symposium on 1 September.

Speakers for first the Leverhulme International Network of Contemporary Studies Symposium have been confirmed today, 18 August 2015. Hosted by The Glasgow School of Art, the symposium will bring together academic expertise from across the globe to examine three moments of the contemporary on the GSA campus: the Mackintosh Art School itself as a ‘contemporary’ rather than ‘modern’ building; the Reid building as a contemporary reworking of the original Mack; and the project for the contemporary rebuilding of the Mackintosh library.

The Leverhulme International Network of Contemporary Studies is a three year project led by academics from Dehli, Glasgow, Montreal , Paris and St Andrews. The Glasgow symposium is the first in a range of events planned over a three year period from September 2015 to May 2018.

The symposium will begin with Mackintosh’s Contemporary? and The New Reid building at Glasgow School of Art in its relationship to Mackintosh’s Masterpiece. There will be contributions from Ian Alexander of JM Architects (site architects on the new Reid Building at GSA), Johnny Rodger, professor of Urban Literature at the GSA, Brian Park of Page \ Park, design team lead for the Mackintosh Restoration and George Cairns Adjunct Professor at QUT Business School, Brisbane who undertook his PHD at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in the 1990s.

The morning will continue with Re-Making the Mackintosh Library now –contemporary? There will be contributions from Liz Davdison, senior project manager for the Mackintosh Building Restoration, Dr Robyne Calvert Mackintosh Restoration Research Fellow and Paul Clarke, Reader in Architecture at the University of Ulster.

The afternoon session moves on to the topic of Architecture & the Beaubourg effect: how the cultural building refocuses the contemporary city.  The session brings together academics and practitioners from the UK, France and China: Charlie Sutherland of Sutherland Hussy Architects; Dr Hu Lin from Tsinghua University; composer Stephen Davismoon - Head of Music and Performance at Salford University; Lionel Ruffel, Associate Professor of French and comparative literature at Université Paris 8 and Mitchell Miller who recently completed his Phd at the GSA.

To book to attend the free symposium visit:

For further information on the presentations see Notes for Editors.

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Notes for Editors

Mackintosh’s Contemporary: the contemporary, tradition and history

Session 1:  Mackintosh’s Contemporary? And The New Reid building at Glasgow School of Art in its relationship to Mackintosh’s Masterpiece

Ian Alexander ‘Correspondence’   
Architect, Principal of JM Architects, site architects on the new Reid Building at GSA

Professor Johnny Rodger  The  Cubist Moment as paradigm for the contemporary’
Glasgow School of Art, Professor of Urban Literature.

Brian Park   Is Genius more than surface deep?: The ‘Masterpiece’ under post-fire scrutiny’
Principal of Page and Park Architects, the architects designing the ‘rebuilding’ of the Mackintosh.

Professor George Cairns  ‘Mackintosh and Glasgow School of Art: Contemporary reality and the 'not-of-their-time’ myth’ 
Adjunct Professor at QUT Business School, Brisbane

Session 2 Re-Making the Mackintosh Library now –contemporary?

Liz Davidson
Conservation Specialist, Senior Project Manager of Mackintosh Library Rebuilding Project

Dr Robyne Calvert 
Art Historian, Glasgow School of Art, Senior Research Fellow Mackintosh Project

Paul Clarke  ‘Library as Lookout’
Reader in Architecture at the University of Ulster-  Paul Clarke’s drawings of the Mac library were published by Phaidon. He is now working with the Page & Park team to rebuild the Mackintosh Library

Session 3:  Architecture & the Beaubourg effect :how the cultural building refocuses the contemporary city

Professor Charlie Sutherland
Architect, Principal of Sutherland Hussey Architects will speak on his work designing and building  the New City Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

Dr Hu Lin Tsinghua Univ. will speak on his work designing and building the New City Museum, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

Professor Stephen Davismoon     ‘Spectral aura of the Beaubourg’ 
Composer, Head of Music and Performance at Salford University: Talk on IRCAM  recording studio (set up by Pierre Boulez) as part of the interdisciplinary ‘contemporary’ at Beaubourg (Prof Davismoon has spent several working residencies at IRCAM), and a site specific performance of specially composed music for the Holl building at GSA.

Professor Lionel Ruffel  ‘Displaying the Contemporary’
Contemporary and General Literature at Paris 8 University. He introduces the historical and aesthetic category of the contemporary as a question of display and shows how the transformation of the public spaces of art played a major role in establishing the contemporary.

Dr Mitchell Miller 
Writer and illustrator, Miller has just completed his PhD at GSA developing a specific type of drawing called the dialectogram which engages a range of social and artistic techniques contemporaneously. He will talk about his application of the technique to the Mackintosh building.


Leverhulme International Network of Contemporary Studies: What is the Contemporary?

Professor Johnny Rodger from The Glasgow School of Art is one of five international academics leading a three-year research programme interrogating What is the Contemporary? The programme will run from Sept 2015 – May 2018.

Lead by Professor Margaret-Anne Hutton of the Institute for Contemporary and Comparative Literature (School of Modern Languages) at the University of St Andrew’s, the team also includes Bertrand Gervais from the ‘Figura’ research centre, UQUAM (Univ de Quebec a Montreal); Ravi Sundaram, Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi and Lionel Ruffel, Université Paris 8

A range of events is planned, including:
  • Workshops on Contemporary Literatures, Art and Architecture in St Andrews and Glasgow (Sept. 2015);
  • A conference including sessions on the Archeology of the Contemporary Imagination and Digital Humanities and the Contemporary, (Quebec (2016);
  • A conference on ‘Theorising the Contemporary’ held as part of a broader cultural event ‘l’École du contemporain’, comprising readings, performances, workshops and exhibitions involving academic staff, members of the public and writers (Paris 2016);
  • A conference on ‘The City — Information Interface’ (Delhi 2017);
  • A further series of workshops on Time and Literature (St Andrews) and the ‘Glasgow Miracle’ (The Glasgow School of Art)


The network will also be creating an online ‘virtual archive of the contemporary’ and launching a French / English open access online journal ‘Archiving the Contemporary / Les Archives du contemporain’