Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Jamming begins... Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland GANGHUT Artists' Residency


GANGHUT are currently Artists in Residence at Cooper Gallery (23 - 27 June 2014). Inspired by the notions of 'jam' and 'jamming'GANGHUT will use this time to develop a live performance to be staged during the Preview of Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland on 28 June from 6pm.


GANGHUT Cooper Gallery Project Space, Tuesday 24 June. Photo Abi Dryburgh


Entitled Jamming StudioGANGHUT’s presence in Studio Jamming will be formed from the physical results of the group’s time as Artists in Residence from 23 – 27 June when they will occupy the Cooper Gallery Project Space for the week. During this time GANGHUT members will spend time together, working and collaborating on the task of ‘making jam’. For GANGHUT, ‘making jam’ provides a situation in which to make connections with the other artists and the audience and by referencing this tradition of Dundee, the jam making will open out a space for recalling and retelling particular narratives associated with the city and themselves.
GANGHUT Cooper Gallery Project Space, 'Pump Up the Jam'. Photo: Cooper Gallery
Join GANGHUT in Cooper Gallery Project Space for their Open Studio events on Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June from 5-6pm for some jamming!

GANGHUT Cooper Gallery Project Space, 'Pump Up the Jam'. Photo: Cooper Gallery
Please see our website for details of the dynamic Events series accompanying Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland at Cooper Gallery: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/exhibitions/events/events-series/ 

Monday, 16 June 2014

SCT graduates present shift at Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee, Sunday 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm

Graduate members of Exhibitions at DJCAD's Student Curatorial Team are working with Scottish-based artists to present shift, a one-day event to transform Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, Dundee into studio/library/gallery hosting performance and installation on Sunday, 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm.

Morgan Cahn, Katie Reid and Lada Wilson are all graduate members of the Student Curatorial Team having attended Student Curatorial Team workshops and seminars, and curated exhibitions/events/projects during their time at DJCAD. Each continue to practice artistically and curatorially developing their understanding of how these roles interchange and relate.

Site-visit, Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee.
shift, curated by Katie Reid, is supported by her DVAA award and by the event's hosts Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge. Morgan Cahn, Becca Clark, Katie Reid, Richard Taylor & Lada Wilson make new works in response to the notion of the cafe as a 'third place' somewhere other than or in between home and workplace. Questioning what it means 'to work,' 'to practice,' 'to read,' or 'to journey' play a central role to many of the works developed for shift. While the time invested in, and the moments of exchange that occur through conversation are also of significance to many of the artists whether visibly or in the development of the project.

Richard Taylor's Work Done challenges the relation between practice and work most defiantly. Richard presents a small sculpture and a drawing connected by themes expanded upon in a new text read to the audience along with selected photography. The text to be read at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm, will be slightly edited upon each reading after Richard journeys repeatedly all the way to the top of Dundee Law hill and back down to Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge to read again. Richard recently performed another Reading with Apparatus at Generator Projects for performingNOW.

Richard Taylor, Hutchinsons Tack at PerformingNOW, Generator Projects, 2014
Becca Clark's sculptural pulley systems developed for shift find themselves somewhere between work and play. A series of small interventions by way of teeny movable sculptures assess the value of input and output, action and reaction while Becca also presents zines; a medium made for the work/art, art/work, art/life, work/life balance.

Language and conversation take centre stage in both Morgan Cahn and Lada Wilson's works. Morgan's What do you think is vital knowledge or information for each of us to have? considers how we enact the process of learning while highlighting the moments of educational exchange that can occur through conversation. Developed as an active and evolving library, Morgan will exchange knowledge with visitors and log this in her newly bound book, pictured below with some of the encyclopaedias she will bring for reference.

Morgan Cahn, What do you think is vital knowledge or information for each of us to have? 2014

Lada Wilson transforms words from different languages into objets trouvĂ©s that lead to participatory events. For shift, Lada invites the audience to take part in a verbal and visual exchange that will create a portrait of time from words and imagination, exploring our understanding of language and the structures surrounding it. Lada's work will encroach onto the street with words running along the side of the cafe acting as signposts for thinking to approaching visitors.

Katie Reid takes her role as curator/facilitator of shift as inspiration for the work she'll develop. To experiment through extending the functional role that is often part of being a curator of site responsive projects she will make use of what temporarily becomes excess furniture in Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge encouraging her to consider what the terms, 'leftovers,' 'material,' and 'position' may mean from this perspective within the situation of shift.

Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee

shift, Sunday 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm at Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee is one of Central Station's featured events: http://thisiscentralstation.com/featured-event/shift/ and you can find out more information about the artists and their practices via the link above.

Follow the project on twitter using #shift or @PistachioRoux @beccalclark @rreitak @RichardTaylors

If you would like more information about how to join the Student Curatorial Team please email exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk with 'Student Curatorial Team Application' in the subject heading.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland is coming soon!

We are pleased to announce Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotlandan exhibition as part of GENERATIONthis summer's major, nation-wide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant art to have emerged from Scotland over a period of 25 years and part of the Glasgow 2014 Culture Programme. 
Taking its cue from the live improvised excitement of musical jamming, Cooper Gallery in Dundee presents Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland; the first discursive survey to foreground the grassroots character of artists’ collaboration that has contributed to the remarkable achievements of contemporary art in Scotland. The exhibition is open 30 June - 2 August, Monday - Fridays 11am-5pm and the project is accompanied by a packed full, dynamic events series.

The exhibition opens on 28 June with a Preview and Performance by GANGHUT. Get a sneak peak inside the Cooper Gallery Project Space when the events series begins on 24 June with a (LIVE) publishing workshop, then from 5-6pm on Wednesday 25 June, Thursday 26 June and Friday 27 June, join us for GANGHUT's Five O'Clock Open Studios to hear from them about their Artists Residency which runs through that week ahead of their Performance at the Preview. The events series continues throughout the exhibition programme and there are talks, screenings, workshops and performances as well as the 12-Hour Jamming Symposium on 25 July. Keep an eye on our Events page to see what's happening when!
Adopting a diverse curatorial approach the project is comprised of exhibitions, a dynamic event series and a Group Critical Writing Residency, culminating in a 12-hour Jamming Symposium.
Studio Jamming is set to re-search, annotate, contextualise and celebrate artists’ collaboration as a particular phenomenon of artistic practice in Scotland. The key ingredient for this process is the Studio Jamming Hub, an architectural intervention constructed in and around Cooper Gallery designed by Studio Miessen led by Markus Miessen, an alumni of GSA and now a leading thinker in Critical Spatial Practice. Developing as a live critical discourse, the Studio Jamming Hub acts as a collaborative ‘site’ where artists, writers, architects, educators, researchers, performers, cultural thinkers and participants present, reflect upon and elaborate the possibilities and histories embedded in artists’ collaborations. 
Studio Miessen

Among the highlights of Studio Jamming is the presentation of works from artists’ collaborative groups including Graham Eatough & Graham FagenFull EyeGANGHUT and Henry VIII’s Wives. The artists’ collaborative groups occupy the Studio Jamming Hub for a week each to present new works and events between 30 June – 2 August. 

Studio Jamming is annotated and collated through (LIVE) publishing, a series of free publications created, printed and disseminated in situ, edited by Sean Scott and Katie Reid, produced with the (LIVE) publishing team.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

interAction(s) portraits

CURATOR'S NOTES
 
This is the last interAction(s) portraits exhibition
Curator's reflection is a series of artworks: portraits
and a self-portrait.
 









Friday, 25 April 2014

Looking back at Kathrin Sonntag's I SEE YOU SEEING ME SEE YOU


Two Student Curatorial Team members, Abi Dryburgh and Lucas Battich, cast their eye on Kathrin Sonntag's I SEE YOU SEEING ME SEE YOU, 28 February - 8 April, Cooper Gallery, DJCAD and wrote these pieces for Cooper Gallery Notes... Get involved with the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.


Kathrin Sonntag, I SEE YOU SEEING ME SEE YOU, Cooper Gallery, 2014

I saw this and thought of you

A fun, minimal look (sic) at the representation of objects. Inspired by a trip to a glass eye factory, Kathrin Sonntag has created a reflexive installation that stares back at the viewer and makes you question the very mechanisms by which you understand the work. Addressing the innate human need to make links and connect like with like, visual connections are taken to their most basic level – a clementine sits on orange paper, a green spray bottle stands next to a colour-matched smear on a clear pane. Plain coloured fields pepper the walls and bring to mind Pantone swatches and their attempt to make organised sense of the colour spectrum.

Kathrin Sonntag, I SEE YOU SEEING ME SEE YOU, Cooper Gallery, 2014
The placements of matching pigments, colours and shapes next to objects that they recall if anything make me think about how dubious the validity of representational painting is today. When a stout coffee cup can evoke an eyeball or a flat square of brown quite clearly represents wood, what is the point in elaborating in more detail? There is great power in simplifying, and this exhibition is a strong example.


For me the most arresting work in the room is the mirror that has been masked in the middle by what is essentially a rectangular paper cataract. In a room filled with prosthetic eyes, it is a stark reminder of how precious eyesight is for those of us lucky enough to have it.


Abi Dryburgh, 
Level Four, Fine Art, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Abi Dryburgh's website: http://www.abidryburgh.com/



Kathrin Sonntag, I See You Seeing Me See You

During the fifth century BCE the Greek philosopher Empedocles first suggested what later came to be known as the extramission theory of visual perception. The theory was best developed by Plato, who argued on the existence of an internal fire issuing from our eyes as a visual stream (Timaeus 45b-c), which by touching objects allowed us to perceive them. This idea was only refuted many centuries later by modern science. However, even though mistaken in its physical aspects, the theory has its correlative in the way we move and focus our eyes, the way our embodied subject constructs the world around us, to an extent governed by cultural and social habits, rather than passively receiving factual information. These varied concerns are put into play in Kathrin Sonntag’s installation I See You Seeing Me See You.

This immersive installation is centered around the leitmotif of the prosthetic eye. The exhibition includes numerous references to the history of the glass eye in Lauscha, a small German town where prosthetic eyes were invented, and also home to traditional doll’s eyes manufacturers. Featuring a range of photographic and sculptural works, everyday objects, sets of display cases and slide projections, the installation creates an atmosphere reminiscent of a workshop, or rather a laboratory, that connects with Lauscha’s history.

Kathrin Sonntag, I SEE YOU SEEING ME SEE YOU, Cooper Gallery, 2014
The varied composition of objects creates playful and compelling visual propositions, highlighting at times unexpected similarities. Everyday objects, such as a light bulb, a bouquet of flowers, a broom, are juxtaposed in such ways that their familiarity borders into alterity. The act of seeing (and of being seen) is put in relation with the Freudian notion of the uncanny, where objects retain a sense of the ordinary, while at the same time are distorted into something that seems foreign, unfamiliar, alien. This notion is also increased by the recurrence of glass eyes throughout the exhibition, which gives these inanimate objects the unsettling impression of having their own agency.  Frames constitute another recurrent feature, as a structure that guides the eye into certain details or sections in the installation and gallery space, which seem to remind us that much is a stake depending the angle from which things are perceived. The photographic act of framing is also recalled with the inclusion of camera lenses and a 1930s book on the optics of photography, aptly titled Das Auge Meiner Kamera [The Eye of the Camera].

Kathrin Sonntag, I SEE YOU SEEING ME SEE YOU, Cooper Gallery, 2014
Monochrome surfaces, including paper, painting on walls and glass, and even projected to the gallery wall on a slide projector, seem to give a nod to the long history of monochrome painting during modernism (Frank Stella statement on trying “to keep the paint as good as it was in the can” finds its echo in an actual can of paint positioned next to a painted shape on the wall), while establishing particular areas or regions within the gallery, each with its dominant colour. These chromatic arrangements give the spatial installation both a musical and cinematic quality, highlighting the temporal aspect of the eye’s journey through the exhibition.

Plato’s proposition on visual perception may not hold as a scientific description, but in its metaphorical sense it seems to come alive in this exhibition, where Sonntag cleverly weaves a wide range of visual elements to engage us on the act of seeing.


Lucas Battich
Level Four, Art Philosophy & Contemporary Practices, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Lucas Battich's website: http://www.lucasbattich.com/



To read other reviews and watch a filmed artist conversation by Kathrin Sonntag please visit: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/exhibitions/exhibitions/kathrin-sonntag/

Friday, 18 April 2014

(LIVE) publishing, a project in response to Studio Jamming at Cooper Gallery


Graduate members of Exhibitions' Student Curatorial Team, Sean Scott and Katie Reid, announce a Call for Collaborators for (LIVE) publishing.

This forthcoming publishing project has been devised in response to Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland in Cooper Gallery this summer and seeks to annotate, discuss and research the exhibition and event series of Studio Jamming. At its heart, (LIVE) publishing takes a vibrant and current approach to live critical writing, documentation and creative response to exhibitions/events. The voices that come together to form the (LIVE) publishing team will shape each issue together and potentially perform a Declaration during the 12-hour Jamming Symposium later in the event series of Studio Jamming.

For more information please see below:


CALL FOR COLLABORATORS

(LIVE) publishing

A PROJECT IN RESPONSE TO STUDIO JAMMING AT COOPER GALLERY


(LIVE) publishing is a distinctive strand of Cooper Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition and event series Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland’s, 28 June - 2 August. Led by co-editors Sean Scott and Katie Reid, (LIVE) publishing will reflect upon, annotate, document and research Studio Jamming to explore the expanded notion of publishing and documentation; what is contemporary arts publishing and how can the outcome break the traditional format of the book?

(LIVE) publishing will be based in DJCAD, working alongside the exhibition and event series of Studio Jamming in Cooper Gallery. The project will allow collaborators to generate content and use a variety of print processes to create an edition of publications in DJCAD Printmaking Workshop.

This ambitious publishing project will enable collaborators to explore and develop their individual skills in a professional gallery environment working as part of a newly formed collaboration alongside the co-editors. You may be interested in applying your creative practice to contemporary arts publishing, curation or perhaps you would like to further understand collaborative artistic practices through research and reflection on a large scale art exhibition and events series.

The Call for Collaborators is open to DJCAD students and graduates who have interests or skills in:

- live writing/documentation
- critical writing
- collaborations
- performance
- publications
- screen printing/lithography/other methods of print
- working with inDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator
- reflection on the practice of key artist collaborative groups in Studio Jamming, Ganghut, Graham Fagen & Graham Eatough, Henry VIII’s Wives, Full Eye.

Notes of interest sought by 25 May 2014 for project development work beginning in June. (LIVE) publishing will be live from 23 June - 2 August.

This project will be successful through the collaborative efforts of the (LIVE) publishing team.
Each collaborator should be clear about the skills and enthusiasm they can bring to the project, as well as the time commitment they can commit to.

Please email exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk with (LIVE) publishing in the subject line:

- Send a brief statement of your interests and details of any relevant experience related to the points mentioned above (500 words maximum).
- Include information on the time commitment you can make.
- Include your name, the course you are studying and your year group, (otherwise the year you graduated) and your mobile number.


If you have any questions or for more information please contact exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk and see Exhibitions’ website exhibitions.dundee.ac.uk for further information on Studio Jamming.


More about Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland

Taking its cue from the live improvised excitement of musical jamming, Cooper Gallery presents Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland; the first discursive survey to foreground the grassroots character of artists’ collaboration that has contributed to the remarkable achievements of contemporary art in Scotland. Adopting a diverse curatorial approach the project is comprised of exhibitions, a dynamic event series and a Group Critical Writing Residency, culminating in a 12-hour Jamming Symposium.

Among the highlights of Studio Jamming is the presentation of new works from artists’ collaborative groups including Graham Eatough & Graham Fagen, Full Eye, Ganghut and Henry VIII’s Wives.

Offering a vital platform for presenting and disseminating new critical writing, the Group Critical Writing Residency, edited by Maria Fusco, invites emerging writers in Scotland to produce new textual works on collaboration and collectivity. The Residency is marked by a live Group Critical Reading event in which the writers will give their work a public voice. Centered on Declarations presented by artists’ collaboration groups from all over Scotland, Studio Jamming culminates in the 12-hour Jamming Symposium that is jammed with keynote talks, gigs, performances and screenings.

Studio Jamming is part of GENERATION, a national celebration which is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time.  The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

For full details on Studio Jamming please see Cooper Gallery's website: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/exhibitions/exhibitions/studio-jamming/

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Exhibitions' Student Curatorial Team Workshops & Discussions

This Semester has seen three Student Curatorial Team Workshops to support members of DJCAD Student Curatorial Team with the preparations and presentations of their projects.

Andrew Dodds, Exhibitions Technician introduced the team to the importance of project planning and how to care for and work with artworks through two workshops: 

Exhibition Project Planning Workshop & Artwork Handling & Care Workshop.

This is the second year that Andrew has given these workshops and the students have always found them helpful and informative, with the advice he shares enabling them to take on their own exhibitions with confidence.


Andrew Dodds with members of the Student Curatorial Team discussing artworks, handling and care.

In March, Sean Scott (Current Designer in Residence at DJCAD and graduate member of the SCT) and Katie Reid (Curatorial Assistant, Exhibitions DJCAD and graduate member of the SCT) held SCT Workshop: Working Through Ideas, a workshop to support SCT members to 'work through' their own ideas with the aim that members could leave the workshop with plans for their exhibition/event/project underway - knowing what questions had been answered and what questions remained. 

Set against a backdrop of images from previous SCT projects the conversation unfolded. Through advice and reflection from Sean and Katie touching upon marketing, logistics, communication, fundraising etc. and how these shape the ideas you have and help them take form, the team began discussing their ideas for a range of projects that will hopefully manifest over the months to come.

Sean Scott with members of the Student Curatorial Team discussing new projects.

Ideas shared at the meeting:

Fine Art & Architecture Exhibition:
Highlight and investigate some of the material and aesthetic similarities between selected Fine Art students and Architecture students from DJCAD that have a connection with use of concrete, building materials, structure, architectural structure/methodologies etc.
Early May in Cooper Gallery Project Space.

​WWI Remembrance Project:
Commemorate those who died or were affected by the war during it's 100th anniversary with particular attention to the community of Scone. ​Initially includes exhibition in Scone displaying works made by community groups in that area. This will be held in Spring 2015.
--- It was also discussed that there may be potential to bring some of these works into DJCAD to display alongside other works made by tutors or students. This is in the early stages of discussion. Likely to be 2015.

QR Codes:
Project exploring use of QR codes as a means for interacting with art. QR codes in the gallery/on posters to enable access to digital content online? Lots of ideas were discussed in relation to this project and how it could move forward. Also points were raised that some visitors may not be able to use QR codes so to consider how this could affect their access to the project.

Re-unification (2):
Group exhibition of works by students who first met during year long fine art course in Edinburgh. They have held group exhibitions together in the past and this would be the first exhibition in Dundee.
Possibly in September or early Semester 1.