Tuesday, 28 February 2017

NEW Ciara Phillips edition for GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL

NEW Ciara Phillips edition for GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL
Launching at NADA New York, 2 - 5 March 2017

Charlotte Prodger at KW Berlin


Charlotte Prodger (MFA 2010) new 32-minute video BRIDGIT takes its title from the eponymous Neolithic deity, whose name has numerous iterations depending on life stage, locality and point in history. Exploring the shifting temporal interrelations of name, body, and landscape, BRIDGIT focuses on female attachments—a process of identification that includes friends, shape-shifting deities and other figures of influence.

At one point in the video, the camera pans across the artist’s fingerprint-covered laptop on which a mountain landscape serves as desktop image. The icon of a flash drive comes into view, shown with the filename ‘TURIYA’—a proper noun adopted from a set of recordings by musician Alice Coltrane who also performed under that very moniker.

Later, while quoting virtual systems theorist and pioneer of transgender studies Sandy Stone, Prodger cites Stone’s different names (e.g. Sandy Stone, Allucquere Rosanne Stone, Allucquere Rosanne “Sandy” Stone) as extended embodiments spanning time and space.

Shot entirely on Prodger’s smartphone, BRIDGIT presents the single-user technology as a prosthesis or extension of the nervous system—one which also provides an intimate connection to global social interaction and work. Body and device become extensions of each other, and the work becomes a unified meditation on shifting subjectivity.

Charlotte Prodger lives and works in Glasgow.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 243459-0

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sarah Forrest wins Margaret Tait Award

Sarah Forrest is announced as recipient of 2017 Margaret Tait Award

Just announced at Glasgow Film Festival tonight, the winner of this year’s Margaret Tait Award is MFA graduate Sarah Forrest. The annual prize sees Forrest awarded a £10,000 commission to produce a new work to be presented at Glasgow Film Festival in 2018.
The award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image, and is named after the great Orcadian filmmaker, poet and artist Margaret Tait (1918–99), whose documentaries were pioneering in the field of experimental filmmaking.
Accepting the award, Forrest cites Tait’s impact on her own practice. “[Tait’s] work and approach as a filmmaker and writer has been influential for me, so to receive an award that celebrates her legacy is a humbling experience,” said Forrest. “So too was my inclusion in a shortlist of such incredible artists.”
Forrest explains that the new work she proposes will begin with a period of research on the Isle of Lewis. “I will be looking initially at the island’s rich history of prophetic ‘second sight’,” she explains, “drawing from stories that I heard from my mother who grew up there. This work will build on recurring themes in my practice that look at appearance, perception, doubt and belief, with the commission being an exciting and significant opportunity for me to explore these in a longer form work.”
Forrest is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee, and gained her masters from Glasgow School of Art in 2010, during which time she also studied at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.
Forrest has held solo exhibitions at CCA in Glasgow (Two Solo Shows: Sarah Forrest and Mounira Al Sohl in 2013), Supplement in London (I Left it on Page 32 in 2014) and Kunstraum Dusseldorf in Germany (Again, it objects in 2016). Her work has been presented at international film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014) and she has completed numerous residencies, among these the inaugural Margaret Tait Residency in 2012.
Nicole Yip, director of LUX Scotland, who support the award along with Creative Scotland, said “Forrest is an artist who really exemplifies the level of ambition and tireless commitment to the moving image form that the award seeks to recognise. In tracing the arc of her development since undertaking the Margaret Tait Residency in 2012, we have been so impressed by the way Sarah’s work has evolved and how her distinctive sensibilities in using sound and image have now become a hallmark of her practice. We are excited to see where her exploratory approach will take her in a new longer-form project and look forward to supporting her in shaping her vision for this new work.”
Forrest's win was announced at the world premiere of Charity, the new film by Kate Davis, winner of last year's Margaret Tait Award. Previous Margaret Tait Award recipients include Duncan Marquiss, Rachel Maclean, Stephen Sutcliffe, Anne-Marie Copestake, and Torsten Lauschmann.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sae Jin Choi at Artsonje Centre, Seoul


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Katie Schwab in Art Review


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

WOUO (a word of unknown origin)

The MARIA†. editions Launch of WOUO, a publication edited by John Ryaner.
With readings by Eoghan Ryan, Jack Brennan, Luzie Meyer, Zuzanna Ratajczyk, Samuel Hasler, and John Ryaner.

Drinks from 7 @ Büro BDP
Broken Dimanche Press, Mareschstraße 1, 12055 Berlin.

WOUO (a word of unknown origin)
Edited by John Ryaner
Soft cover, 60 pages, 297mm x 210mm
Printed in Germany
ISBN – 978-0-996282246

WOUO (a word of unknown origin)
a publication of artist texts, edited and designed by John Ryaner
featuring texts by Susan Conte, Faye Green, Erika Landström, Ingo Niermann, Samuel Hasler, Aniara Omann, Line Ebert, and John Ryaner

WOUO is a collection of fictional texts which chose words of unknown origin as a starting point. (a word of unknown origin is a word without a known ethymological source – there's lots of them). During the development of the publication eight artists were sent a large and random group of lonely words of unpinpointable beginnings (267 wouos and counting) and were asked to contribute a text which somehow themed around the list of wouords. The result is WOUO, a book of nine quite different but often similar wordy texts.

WOUOS: askance, ballyhoo, bamboozle, bantar, barney, baroque, bevy, bigot, bizarre, blight, blizzard, bludgeon, bogan, bogus, bonkers, botch, bozo, brazen, brick, bug, buggy, bully, bungle, burlap, bustle, busy, cagey, chad, chap, cheese, chow chow, chum, clobber1, clobber2, clobber3, coddle, codswallop, coil, condom, conniption, connundrum, copacetic, cricket, cub, cuddle, culvert, curmudgeon, dandle, dildo, dill, dippy, dodge, dogie, dowse, drivel, dyke, fink, fit, flabbergast, flare, flivver, flub, flue, fond, fret, frowzy, fuddle, fuddy-duddy, fun, galoot, gammon, gandy dancer, garish, gash, gee, gimmick, gimp1, gimp2, gink, gizmo, gloom, gourmand, griff, groom, guilt, hag, hazy, hemlock, hijack, hip, hip2, hobbledehoy, hobo, hoity-toity, hokey-pokey, honky, hoodlum, hooey, hootenanny, hornswoggle, humbug, hunch, inkling, jack, jake, jalopy, jamboree, jaunt, jazz, jeer, jerkin, jib, jiffy, jitney, jive, joey1, joey2, josh, kibble, kike, kilter, kit, lad, langer, lobscouse, lollygag, lummox, malarkey, masturbate, moolah, mosey, mull1, mull2, nag, nerd, nifty, nitty-gritty, noggin, oodles, palmistry, palooka, palter, peevish, pernickity, peter, pike, pimp, pixie, ploy, pod1, pod2, pogey, pooch, pot, pother, privet, puzzle, quiff, quirk, race, rascal, rate, raunchy, rinky-dink, rouse, rowdy, rubber, runt, scad, scallywag, scam, scoundrel, scrim, scrimshaw, shebang, shelta, shenanigans, shim, shingle, shoddy, shuck, skag, skedaddle, skulduggery, slang, sleather, sleazy, slouch, sludge, slum, slut, snazzy, snide, snig, snit, snitch, snooker, snooze, sobriquet, splice, spliff, sprain, sprocket, spunk, sqaunder, squid, stash, stooge, strand1, stymie, sulky, surf, swatch, swig, swizzle, taffy, tag, tantrum, tinker, tizzy, toddle, toggle, tormentil, tot1, tot2, transmogrify, trash, trick, trifle, trinket, trounce, turmoil, twerp, wack, welterweight, whim, willies, williwaw, wingding, wonk, wouo, wraith, yank, yankee, yegg, zilch, zindfandel, zit, etc, etc.


Saturday, 4 February 2017


Print Print Print
Reid Ground Floor Corridor

Glasgow School of Art

14 January - 26 February 2017

This exhibition features recent work made by staff at Glasgow School of Art who use traditional printmaking processes and techniques. Print Print Print brings together a wide variety of screenprints, etchings, lithographs, monoprints and woodcuts.

Featuring new work by Louise Hopkins, Lindsey McAulay, Ian MacFadyen, Aoife McGarrigle, Mick McGraw, Stuart Mackenzie, Beagles & Ramsay, Ross Sinclair, Michael Stubbs, Amanda Thomson and Richard Walker.

Image: Courtesy of Beagles & Ramsay 2016.

Alex Rathbone at Galerie Valentin, Paris

MFA Graduate Alex Rathbone's solo exhibition is on in the Galerie Valentin project room, running to March 11.
The show press release comes with an extract of an interview with musician Lionel Salter from Derek Bailey’s ‘Improvisation: its Nature and Practice in Music':
"You have to react to the conditions of the performance - the actual circumstances... But it wouldn’t matter because then the thing is alive, it’s got some vitality in it."
Galerie Valentin