This Week in Scottish Art: 22-28 Nov

Brace yourselves for an eventful week ahead with two festival, previews, new shows, performances, a talk, and a symposium in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but at the start of next week there’s a chance to spoil your loved ones, (or yourself) at GSA

Article by Holly Gavin | 22 Nov 2016

Tue 22 Nov: EAMIF

EAMIF, or Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, opened yesterday and is on till next Tuesday (29 Nov) guaranteeing a packed agenda including film screenings, a reading group (tomorrow), talks and other events. Don’t miss your chance to take part and view the full programme here; head to Filmhouse tonight for screenings of Emma Finn’s new video Diorama, recent films Double Mountain and First a Tent, and an EAMIF showcase of short international films (full listing here) followed by a Q&A session with Emma Finn and led by Louise Milne. Tickets for this event cost £10 (£8 concession) and can be bought on the Filmhouse website here.  

Wed 23 Nov: Collective and DCA

Defaced, hidden, stolen, crushed, chopped, pierced’ is a SUPERLUX reading group programmed for EAMIF by artist Jamie Crewe. No prior reading is required, all material – pulled from We Want Truth Goldsmiths, and by Sara Ahmed, Anne Carson and James Fredal – will be read collectively by attendees on the day. There will also be a screening of Billie Whitelaw performing Not I by Samuel Beckett and craft materials to make curse tablets. Attendance is free, but book a spot on Eventbrite here to join the group of 12-15 participants at Collective’s City Observatory and Dome from 12 to 4pm.  

If you are in Dundee, DCA is screening Citation City by PEOPLE LIKE US (Vicki Bennett) in Gallery 2 at 7.30pm. Citation City is a 42-minute audiovisual collage sourcing and editing snippets from over 300 feature films filmed or set in London. The result is a new representation of London seen through the imaginations of filmmakers and moviegoers: a new narrative from combining already told stories with its sum greater than its parts. It is inspired by Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project, an unfinished piece of research on Paris’s arcades or “passages” over the course of thirteen years. Tickets cost £5 and can be bought here on the DCA website; please be advised this screening is recommended for 14+ viewers.

Thu 24 Nov: Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra at CCA, Transmission

The 9th International Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra starts today at the CCA with a programme including new projects by international artists. Performers include Anne Pajunen, Instant Places, Javier Paxarino, Adriana Minu and Pawel Kodel, and Alister Spence. There are events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening as well as a discussion and two workshops, including one for children, on Saturday.

All performances on Thursday are dedicated to GIO’s late bassist George Lyle; John Gilmour has also curated an exhibition of photographs featuring Lyle. Tickets can be purchased at the CCA box office or on the CCA’s website – festival passes cost £20, (£13 concession), ticket prices for individual events vary.

The months of November and December see Transmission, decked with a custom-built screen and seating, transformed into a cinema. The programme of events and screenings includes moving image submissions from Transmission member and rare VHS tapes from 1983 pulled from their archive; it is presented in collaboration with Cinenova, the Radical Film Archive, Bisan Abu Eiseh, Generation Revolution and Vince Tillotson.

Today, Bisan Abu Eisheh presents a curated screening (please check this page for more information); the space is open every Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm for various events (all free), and the possibility to interact with film collections in the space.  

Fri 25 Nov: Fruitmarket Gallery, The Number Shop, EMBASSY & more

Start your morning right at the Fruitmarket Gallery from 8.30 to 10am with Creative Mornings’ meeting Theme 48: Fantasy led by speaker Kat Kjellström Corbet. Creative Mornings is a morning lecture series taking place monthly in 154 cities on a shared theme. This event is free, but register here via Creative Mornings; expect inspiring conversation, but you’ll get a light breakfast too!

Eden Hawkins' solo show is opening at The Number Shop at 6pm tonight. This show is part of the ECA Grad Awards Exhibition, an annual funded residency and solo exhibition awarded to graduating students from Edinburgh College of Art selected by The Number Shop committee at Degree Show. Open till 4 Dec, between 12-5pm. Touch My Ego (please) also opens tonight at EMBASSY gallery from 7-10pm. The show, on 'til 18 Dec and open Thursday to Sunday 12-6pm, will feature work by Olivia Norris, Jesse Rivers and EDINBURGH LEISURE.  

In Glasgow, Mise En Abyme is a presentation of new work by Tine Bek, Jamie Crewe and Alex Heilbron previewing at Good Press from 6-9pm. The show will be on until 7 Jan 2017. Cones and Eggs by Geneva Sills also previews tonight at CCA from 6 to 9pm. Sills aims to showcase the history and technique of photography and hopes to restore interest in the materiality of photography as well as the female form. The selection of gelatin silver prints also correlate similarities between painting and photography and address the autonomy of an artist’s practice; the show is on until 18 Dec.

Informal Hotspot presented by Thank You Very Much, (Marco Giordano, Caitlin Merrett King, Aymeric Tarrade and Mark McQueen), is at the Pipe Factory tonight from 7 to 11pm. The night will feature a karaoke-inspired installation by Lauren Law (Roly Poly) and Siobhain Ma, a physical performance by Lewis Prosser and a performance including cups by Alex Millar.

Sat 26 Nov: Ingleby Gallery, TRAMWAY and the University of Glasgow

Today is your last chance to catch Ian Hamilton Finlay: Early Works (1958-1970) at the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh, open from 11am to 5pm. 

Nicola Connibere’s Assembly (live installation) is on at TRAMWAY today and tomorrow, drop in between 12-5pm to experience this live gallery work which aims to explore relations between collective and individual bodies and spectatorship. Adam York Gregory’s and Gillian Jane LeesPresent Tense installation is also on at TRAMWAY, from 12 to 5pm. Present Tense is an experiment and task-based performance for which the performer encloses herself into a corner by placing hundreds of mousetraps onto the floor one-by-one, heightening a tense atmosphere in the enclosed gallery space. Attendance to both events is free, with no need to book.  

Art and its Theatrical Turn is a discussion presented by the Common Guild in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. The symposium will take place at Gilmorehill Centre, 9 University Ave, from 11am to 4pm. This event will consider past productions by the Common Guild: ‘At Twilight’ by Simon Starling and Graham Eatough, ‘Sink Down Mountain, Rise Up Valley’ by Ulla von Bradenburg and more, as works combining visual art, theatrical performance and scripted drama.

Theatre and theatricality will be discussed as media and form, and the question of whether art is inherently theatrical too. Tickets can be purchased here for £10 and include a light lunch, a complete list of contributors can be obtained here on the Common Guild’s website.

Sun 27 Nov: Market Gallery

Head to Market Gallery between the hours of 11am and 5pm to see an exhibition featuring work by Stephanie Elaine Black, Brandon Cramm, Sonia Hufton, Emil Lillo, Sulaïman Majali, Aaron McCarthy, Alex Sarkisian, Serra Tansel and Lewk Wilmshurst all selected by the gallery’s committee; this show is also on 'til 18 Dec.

Mon 28 Nov: GSA Jewellery Sale

Head to Glasgow School of Art’s private view for the Silversmithing and Jewellery Christmas Sale with work by students, tutors and artists in residence with some mulled wine from 5 to 6.30pm in the Reid Building’s foyer. The sale is cash only, prices range from £10 to £35.