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The 6th Annual Steven Campbell Trust Lecture

The Four Seasons: MacInnes over Africa 

African Affair Install
Words: Dr Pru Forrest, Newcastle Art Gallery, New South Wales.

Images: Angus B. MacInnes African Affair paintings (2013-14). 

My presentation for the Steven Campbell Trust Lecture at CCA, Glasgow. (10 mins)

Catalogue available from Hour Projects, Copenhagen

The Steven Campbell Trust are delighted to announce that artist Ross Sinclair will be giving the sixth annual Steven Campbell Trust Lecture. 

In the role of emcee, Ross Sinclair will be joined by artists, writers, curators and educators; Ellis Luxemburg, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, Jim Colquhoun, David Harding and Neil Mulholland to cast a critical eye over the current state of the visual arts community flourishing in the shadow of the much used (and abused) paradigm of ‘The Glasgow Miracle’.

The Scotland-wide GENERATION project is currently celebrating the development of contemporary art in Scotland over the last 25 years. It has brought exhibitions and projects by over 100 artists to over 60 galleries around the country including landmark installations by both Ross Sinclair and Steven Campbell. To coincide, the BBC produced Scotland’s Art Revolution: The Maverick Generation, featuring Sinclair and contemporaries, charting the development of the recent Scottish scene. But can these kind of large scale, media positioned, centrally funded events ever hope to reflect what’s really going on? Let’s find out.

Sinclair has worked for the past couple of years on an AHRC funded project with Francis McKee, Director of CCA, in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art: The Glasgow Miracle- Materials for Alternative Histories. The project has explored and rationalised existing archival material from the Third Eye Centre and CCA (material spanning the period 1972- the present) and through which Sinclair has conducted an ongoing series of long form interviews with artists building an archive for future historians: http://glasgowmiracle.blogspot.co.uk

Shift/Work Unlearning

Unlearning - Relevant IndieShift/Work is a research project jointly developed by Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop that has run since 2010. Setting out to examine and reconfigure comprehensive workshop-based approaches to artistic production that are theoretically informed, practical and participatory. Shift/Work facilitates new experiential knowledge, practices and tools for artists and art educators to adapt and implement.

Shift/Work: Unlearning targets the rapidly expanding international audience for contemporary art education: specifically, artists, educators and curators. It will focus on current discourses and practices that engage with the values of unlearning, deschooling, improvisation and amateurism.


Day 1 : Wednesday 28th May

12:00-13:00 Shift/Workers Arrive

13:00-14:00 Crille Lampa Talk | www.crillelampa.se

14:00-15:00 Sean Kaye, half of Leeds United, will talk on the Leeds College of Art Foundation Course www.leeds-united.org.uk

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-16:00 Neil Mulholland & Dan Brown on Shift/Work and unlearning schedule

17:00 Group discussion of unlearning based on the themes that emerge from the talks


Day 2 : Thursday 29th May

10:330-12:30 Shift/Workers allocated into a group (RED & GREEN) and move off into separate studios. Each group works with one Shift/Supervisor (RED Sean, GREEN Crille) and one observer (RED Jake, GREEN Neil). Dan will act as go-between the two groups.

– Further discussion of unlearning in relation to workshop design. Discussion steered by Shift/Supervisor, notes taken by observer.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Each group designs a day long workshop based on their discussions. 2 hour session in the morning, 2 hour session in the afternoon. Workshop plan finalised and printed in preparation to run in the same studios the following day.

16:00 Whole group meet. Any instructions that need to be issued will be issued at this point.

16:30 Dan, Neil, Jake, Crille and Sean meeting.

Day 3 : Friday 30th May

10:30-12:30 Groups rotate studios to take part in the first two hours of their workshop.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:30 Groups take part in the second part of the two hour workshop.

15:30 All reconvene to discuss the day’s events. Drinks. FIN

thN Lng folk 2go: Investigating Future Premoderns™

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thN Lng folk 2go: Investigating Future Premoderns™
by The Confraternity of Neoflagellants
with a Preface by Simon O’Sullivan
Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2013. 242 pages, illus. ISBN-13: 978-0615890258. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $17.00 [€15.00/£12.00] in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.

“At last, the rival Confraternity of SpeculativeRealism® has its missing subject! Here, the human-object/thing sits still-as-stone, dis-connected from one regime in order to connect to another. As such, this book is a contribution to Thing Theory, but of a very queer and wonky kind. An object-oriented ontology© on amphetamines and psilocybin.” (Simon O’Sullivan)

“There will be many things about this guide that you will not like. It might drive a bit too fast for comfort, especially because it has no seatbelts—the Journeyman’s Guide is open top and the roads to its anchorholds swerve all over the place. But you need to drive very fast to see things as things.” (Reviews, Proto-Bitch, Portland, OR)

Book launch tonight Halloween:

In the jousting field of Parc Mont Royale, near Chemin Olmsted, Montréal, QC H2W 1S8, Canada, at 19:00 EST Sergeant at Arms (Norman Hogg) will download a PDF of the book from punctumbooks.com/titles/thn-lng-folk (CAN$ 0) onto his Android cellphone and drink a toast from Horton’s cup.

At Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland:
Keeper of the Wardrobe (Neil Mulholland) will launch the print copy of the book (€15) at 23:00 CET The first advanced print copy will be flagellated then burned, its ashes interned in the bin outside Cabaret Voltaire’s gift shop.

Hope to see you there!

Education: not knowing | Raven Row 13/11/12

Shift/Work will be part of a Sculpture, entitled Education: not knowing at Raven Row, 13th November 2012. The Sculpture features in…

The Individual and the Organisation: Artist Placement Group 1966-79
27 September to 16 December 2012

This is the first retrospective of the pioneering artists’ organisation Artist Placement Group, or APG, conceived by Barbara Steveni in 1965 and established a year later by Steveni and John Latham along with Barry Flanagan, David Hall, Anna Ridley and Jeffrey Shaw, among others.

Between 1966 and the turn of the 1980s, APG negotiated approximately fifteen placements for artists lasting from a few weeks to several years; first within industries (often large corporations such as British Steel and ICI) and later within UK government departments such as the Department of Health and the Scottish Office. APG arranged that artists would work to an ‘open brief’, whereby their placements were not required to produce tangible results, but that the engagement itself could potentially benefit both host organisations as well as the artists in the long-term. Artists’ work in proposing and carrying out placements is represented here in diverse ways, in films, photographs, texts and correspondence and sometimes in art objects.

APG was a milestone in Conceptual Art in Britain, reinventing the means of making and disseminating art, and anticipating many of the issues facing cultural workers today. It represented itself in a number of exhibitions and events, notably in the exhibition Art and Economics at the Hayward Gallery in 1971 with artistic interventions by Garth Evans, Barry Flanagan, John Latham and others. Emulating APG’s emphasis on the discursive, the exhibition will host frequent public discussions relating to art and social organisation.

The exhibition is curated by Antony Hudek and Alex Sainsbury, in consultation with Barbara Steveni.

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