This Week in Scottish Art: 17-23 Jan

This week brings a whole selection of new events and shows from The Common Guild, Glasgow Women's Library, closing shows from The Modern Insitute, as well as events and screenings.

Article by Holly Gavin | 17 Jan 2017

Tue 17 Jan: Werner Herzog at Filmhouse

The Short Ecstasies of Werner Herzog is showing at Filmhouse in Edinburgh as the first instalment of their new Herzog of the Month series of screenings supported by the Goethe-Institut. Three short documentaries by Herzog about the idealistic ambitions of eccentrics, Werner Herzog Eats his Shoe (1980), The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) and How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck… (1976), will be shown between 6.15 and 8.25pm. Do not miss the chance to see rarely-screened films from Herzog’s early career; book your tickets, £10 full price, £8 concession rate, here.

Wed 18 Jan: Maria Fusco event at Common Guild

Sadly, Radical Dialect: Maria Fusco presents Lisa Robinson at the Common Guild from 6 to 8pm is full, but you can still register for tickets here on Eventbrite to join the waitlist. This marks the first event as part of Maria Fusco’s new yearlong project Radical Dialect. Tonight, Lisa Robinson, a cult Canadian poet, will lead a reading and discussion focused on building a vernacular voice in the face of an extinguishing lyric culture.  

Thu 19 Jan: Glasgow Women’s Library, Reid Building, DCA, Stereo Café, DCA, Cooper Gallery

Today is a busy day at the Glasgow Women’s Library. Drop in from 1-7.30pm to acquire their Spring Programme, peruse a selection of second-hand books for sale, try your hand at craft-making, and attend readings and talks. Otherwise, take part in their Feminist Banner-making Workshop from 5 to 7pm. Some materials will be provided, but it is encouraged to bring along whatever you may have that could be of use. This event is scheduled in preparation for the Stand Up to Racism protests in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee scheduled on Donald Trump’s inauguration this Friday, and the Women’s March Washington sister protest in Edinburgh on Saturday. Sign up here on Eventbrite.

Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan, Associate Professor at the School of Design, Ambedkar University in Delhi, India, is giving a talk and Q&A session as part of Glasgow School of Art’s Students’ Associations ‘Race, Rights and Sovereignty’ programme from 6 to 7.30pm in the Reid Building’s auditorium. Balasubrahmanyan will present challenges faced by the design industry in India. Book a free space here via Eventbrite.

Head to Stereo Café tonight for Inter- #8 - sonic spaces in between from 7.30pm as part of INTER-, a programme of quarterly events showcasing experiments in studio production and sound art. The event provides a public listening environment for featured pieces and performances by selected local and international artists creating “in-between” spaces parting audio production and active listening. Tickets cost £5 on the door.

Artists Rob Churm and Malcy Duff are performing in DCA’s gallery space, 7-8pm. Churm and Duff are exhibiting in the gallery's DCA Thomson show; they will both be reading extracts from their comic book projects, The Exhaustion Hook and The Pineapple in the Pineapple Reading Area, respectively. Churm will also be performing a live audio-visual improvisation. Free and unticketed, just drop in.  

Chapter Two: Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? previews at Cooper Gallery from 5.30 to 7.30pm. This second chapter exhibition proposes the body as a medium and source of content, as an event of resistance to otherness and queering, and of questioning. The exhibition features work by Anne Bean, Cullinan Richards, Rose English, He Chengyao, Mary Kelly, Linder, Annabel Nicolson, Siôn Parkinson, Georgina Starr and Hanna Tuulikki.

Chapter Two follows last year’s first installment at Cooper Gallery, which also presented archival material from the archives of included artists, the Archive Collection of Lynda Morris and the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths College. The exhibition will also feature performances by Bean and Chengyao alongside a parallel programme of screenings, reading groups and workshops. 

Fri 20 Jan: New Glasgow Society, TRAMWAY and the Number Shop  

Pendolino Vol. 1 previews at New Glasgow Society from 6pm. It is the first in a continuing series of group exhibitions in Glasgow and London by Pendolino, a loose painters’ collective based in either cities. The exhibition is on display till the 26th, visit daily from 10 to 5pm.  

Berlin-based Oliver Laric’s solo show at Tramway’s T5 gallery also previews tonight from 7 to 9pm. Laric’s multimedia practice is concerned with historical and contemporary images in an anytingbut static context of movement, transformation and replication. Visit the exhibition till 19 March, open 12 to 5pm Tuesday to Friday and till 6pm on weekends, entry is free and open to all.

Wiggle Wiggle is an exhibition of new works by Edinburgh-based Charlotte Roseberry at the Number Shop in Edinburgh opening tonight from 7 to 9pm. Roseberry explores graphic surrealism in her work by drawing on a personal collection of motifs and symbols used to create bold abstract compositions maintaining an obvious slight of hand in her paintings. Wiggle Wiggle will run till the 29th of January, open everyday 12 to 5pm.

Sat 21 Jan: Many, Queen’s Park Railway Club, Glasgow Women’s Library and Modern Institute

Breaking Ground at Many is an exhibition of three works: First Words (film), The Golden Thread (audio performance) and The Thing (zine), by arts collective KIN. KIN was founded in 2015 and brings together a group of individuals who have experienced familial imprisonment. Their work is inspired from and aims to make sense of this experience. KIN hope to initiate a conversation with the audience through their participation and involvement. Drop in today anytime between 12-5pm to respond to the work on display by creating some of your own or participating in their all-day Q&A sessions.

Glasgow-based Conor Kelly’s Daddy in the Algorithm is previewing at the Queen’s Park Railway Club tonight from 7 to 9pm. The exhibition is on display for the next month until 26 February, open every Thursday to Sunday from 12-6pm.

Donna Rutherford’s Unsaid Lullaby, a new video and performance piece, is at Glasgow Women’s Library today from 1.30 to 3pm. Rutherford’s work explores ageing and family, but in Unsaid Lullaby she combines personal account with the voices of other women who have never had children to juxtapose individual experience against public sentiment.

Finally, all of Modern Institute's current shows: Jim Lambie’s Electrolux, and Shio Kusaka & Andrew Kerr’s Wyndham School of Dance at Aird’s Lane, close today. Visit today from noon to 5pm.

Sun 22 Jan: Tarkovsky at GFT

The GFT is hosting another edition of their popular Tarkovsky: Sculpting Time Season, which took place this summer. The programme brings back four of the Russian director’s most famous films to the big screen for the upcoming four Sundays. Today’s screening at 2.15pm is Ivan’s Childhood, Andrei Tarkovsky’s debut feature about Ivan, a twelve-year-old boy, who loses his parents after his village is attacked by Nazis and joins the Soviet army to avenge their death. Book your tickets here, (£9.50 full price and £7.50 concession rate).  

Mon 23 Jan: Mark Webber at CCA

LUX Scotland is hosting a talk by Mark Webber and a book launch for their publication Shoot Shoot Shoot: The First Decade of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative 1966-76 at the CCA Cinema from 6.30 to 8.30pm tonight. Webber’s talk will also feature rare archival material from organisation’s past. The publication, which will be on sale for a discounted price on the night, coincides with the 50th anniversary of LFMC, LUX’s predecessor. The 15+ event has been rescheduled from its original date in December; admittance is free, but ticketed, register here on Eventbrite.