CCA Highlights: November & December 2018

Glasgow's Centre for Contemporary Arts is back on its feet after a few months of closure, and it’s getting right back to business

Feature by The Skinny | 20 Nov 2018

Scottish Animation: Abstraction & Experimentation (20 Nov, 7.30pm) is a programme of exciting, avant-garde work from Scottish animators from across the past four decades. The selection – curated by BAFTA Scotland winner Ross Hogg – contains work by Margaret Tait, Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson, seeking to highlight the subtle and challenging ways animators use the medium.

Equally known for their experimentation, instrumental Sheffield post-rock quartet 65daysofstatic bring their Decomposition Theory project to the CCA this month (22 Nov, 7pm). The new project sees the band looking to harness algorithms and computer programming in their music, and taking the screen-sharing sensibilities of coders to create incredible visuals to go along with their sound.

Moving into December, the Scottish Queer International Film Festival – or SQIFF for short – returns to the CCA from 5 to 9 December. It’s a bumper programme of LGBTQ+ screenings, discussions, workshops and events – highlights include a documentary double-header of Dykes, Camera, Action! + BOOM BUST followed by a discussion with So Mayer; a focus on Queer Arab perspectives in collaboration with the Dardishi zine and festival; and an asexual reading of The Wizard of Oz.

The work and life of Czech New Wave filmmaker Ester Krumbachová is celebrated in new exhibition A Weakness for Raisins, which begins on 8 December. Krumbachová was among the artists censored in the wake of the Prague Spring in 1968, but rediscovered and revisited archives of her work and belongings have prompted a reassessment of her importance. Krumbachová’s work tackles magic, materialism, gender and feminism, and ...Raisins features key elements of her archive curated alongside works by ACID PRAWN (aka Sian Dorrer), Marek Meduna, Sally Hackett and France-Lise McGurn. Throughout December and January, CCA hosts screenings of some of the films Krumbachová worked on during her career – check for dates and times.

And finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the CCA’s grand reopening party on 7 December. From 7pm it’s a first chance to see A Weakness for Raisins, while from 9pm onwards the fun is curated by OH141’s Sarra Wild. On the bill are DJ sets from Cucina Povera, Poisonous Relationship and Wild, as well as a live blast of modular synths, motorik drums and menacing vocals from Glasgow trio Kübler-Ross. Best part is it’s free all night, so there’s no reason not to head on down and welcome back the CCA.