Dada, Murder, and a Clearance Sale: This Week in Scottish Art

This week's Scottish art round-up features a night inspired by the Cabaret Voltaire, the flitting of Good Press to a new home, and a host of film screenings and exhibition openings across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Feature by Adam Benmakhlouf | 18 Mar 2015

We start this week in Dundee, where the Hannah Maclure Centre will screen Transcendence this Thursday at 6pm as part of the Dundee Women in Science Festival. The film will be accompanied by a talk given by Dr Naghmeh Moradpoor, who will introduce the film which deals with artificial intelligence as connected to technological utopianism. The screening and talk will take place between 6-8pm and free tickets are available via email ( and phone (01382 308324).

Over in Glasgow on Friday, Good Press will make the exciting move from the back of Mono, to their own space very nearby in 5 St Margaret’s Place. Owen Piper will be the inaugural exhibitor, with his show Stretch. There will be an opening event, starting at 3pm, “with drinks”.

In Glasgow’s Market Gallery this Friday, from 7pm, will be the opening for an exciting presentation of Asli Çavuşoğlu’s Murder in Three Acts, a scripted crime drama rehearsed, performed, and filmed during Frieze Art Fair 2012 in the framework of Frieze Projects. Çavuşoğlu’s film was originally filmed in real time in a stall at the fair, and will be screened, along with behind-the-scenes footage, at the Market Gallery from 21 Mar-19 Apr. 

Staying in the sort-of-centre of Glasgow this Friday, Lotte Gertz will unveil new work in the Glasgow Project Room in Trongate 103 from 7-9pm. Gertz’ work is primarily in painting and mono print, and has been described as “possessing an air of the lowly, the insignificant and the day-to-day … [and] at the same time, shades of the mythological and the iconic”.

Video of the Week: Ellie Harrison's 'Dark Days'

As our video of the week, here’s the documentation of Ellie Harrison’s Dark Days, which invited 100 participants to spend in the night in Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art. This is one of several new one-off events for GoMA, with DJs from Numbers taking over the space next Friday 27 March to present “an immersive experience” with “three dimensional surround-sound and lighting” complementing the acoustics of the room. Watch the video of Harrison’s all-nighter in the player, and get more info on the Numbers event here

This Saturday, the second episode of Corpo Volta will take place in The Poetry Club in Glasgow, so “expect an intimate evening of performance in all its elastic forms inspired by Dada and the Cabaret Voltaire”. Corpo Volta started with Sophie Orton and her sisters inviting local artists to perform 5 minute interventions at a secret location in Edinburgh in December 2014, and “a night of nonsense, intuition and anarchy” is promised. More than 10 artistic acts will be followed by a DJ set; doors will be at 7:30 pm, with dancing going on ’til late. Tickets are £5 - with all money going to the artists.

Speaking of Edinburgh, the Embassy gallery’s exhibition Please Return continues until next Sunday (29 Mar). The show features new commissions by Edinburgh-based Irish sound artist and composer Terence Sharpe, and two Dublin-based artists; installation, performance and video artist Mark Durkan, and Alan Butler, whose work is often an exercise in appropriating and remixing cultural artefacts he finds online.

Staying in Edinburgh, on Sunday (22 Mar) there’s a special, one-off fundraising “Clearance Sale” in the Edinburgh Printmakers. Before the Printmakers have their spring renewal, they’ve arranged a sale of some rare and unusual fine art prints. The event is from 11am-4pm, with prints grouped by price - starting from £10.

Back to Glasgow, and on the evening of Tues 24 Mar, it’s the penultimate PERM exhibition at the Old Hairdressers. Rachel Hendry presents her work in the fourth of this series of five one-night-only exhibitions by recent graduates from Glasgow School of Art Painting and Printmaking. Within her practice, Hendry “addresses painting through the seemingly antithetical output of projected screens and digitally produced moving image”. By these means, Hendry puts to question the now widespread experience of seeing paintings on screen, positing “the screen as tromp l’oeil”.

And finally, a pair of reminders and something to look forward to – this is the last week of Kari Robertson’s exhibition in Glasgow's SWG3, and the abstract painting show ABJAD in Edinburgh’s Ingleby Gallery, while nominations are now open for the 2015 Turner Prize, to be awarded at Tramway in Glasgow at the end of the year.

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