Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Jamming begins... Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland GANGHUT Artists' Residency

GANGHUT are currently Artists in Residence at Cooper Gallery (23 - 27 June 2014). Inspired by the notions of 'jam' and 'jamming'GANGHUT will use this time to develop a live performance to be staged during the Preview of Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland on 28 June from 6pm.

GANGHUT Cooper Gallery Project Space, Tuesday 24 June. Photo Abi Dryburgh

Entitled Jamming StudioGANGHUT’s presence in Studio Jamming will be formed from the physical results of the group’s time as Artists in Residence from 23 – 27 June when they will occupy the Cooper Gallery Project Space for the week. During this time GANGHUT members will spend time together, working and collaborating on the task of ‘making jam’. For GANGHUT, ‘making jam’ provides a situation in which to make connections with the other artists and the audience and by referencing this tradition of Dundee, the jam making will open out a space for recalling and retelling particular narratives associated with the city and themselves.
GANGHUT Cooper Gallery Project Space, 'Pump Up the Jam'. Photo: Cooper Gallery
Join GANGHUT in Cooper Gallery Project Space for their Open Studio events on Wednesday 25, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 June from 5-6pm for some jamming!

GANGHUT Cooper Gallery Project Space, 'Pump Up the Jam'. Photo: Cooper Gallery
Please see our website for details of the dynamic Events series accompanying Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland at Cooper Gallery: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/exhibitions/events/events-series/ 

Monday, 16 June 2014

SCT graduates present shift at Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee, Sunday 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm

Graduate members of Exhibitions at DJCAD's Student Curatorial Team are working with Scottish-based artists to present shift, a one-day event to transform Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, Dundee into studio/library/gallery hosting performance and installation on Sunday, 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm.

Morgan Cahn, Katie Reid and Lada Wilson are all graduate members of the Student Curatorial Team having attended Student Curatorial Team workshops and seminars, and curated exhibitions/events/projects during their time at DJCAD. Each continue to practice artistically and curatorially developing their understanding of how these roles interchange and relate.

Site-visit, Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee.
shift, curated by Katie Reid, is supported by her DVAA award and by the event's hosts Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge. Morgan Cahn, Becca Clark, Katie Reid, Richard Taylor & Lada Wilson make new works in response to the notion of the cafe as a 'third place' somewhere other than or in between home and workplace. Questioning what it means 'to work,' 'to practice,' 'to read,' or 'to journey' play a central role to many of the works developed for shift. While the time invested in, and the moments of exchange that occur through conversation are also of significance to many of the artists whether visibly or in the development of the project.

Richard Taylor's Work Done challenges the relation between practice and work most defiantly. Richard presents a small sculpture and a drawing connected by themes expanded upon in a new text read to the audience along with selected photography. The text to be read at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm, will be slightly edited upon each reading after Richard journeys repeatedly all the way to the top of Dundee Law hill and back down to Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge to read again. Richard recently performed another Reading with Apparatus at Generator Projects for performingNOW.

Richard Taylor, Hutchinsons Tack at PerformingNOW, Generator Projects, 2014
Becca Clark's sculptural pulley systems developed for shift find themselves somewhere between work and play. A series of small interventions by way of teeny movable sculptures assess the value of input and output, action and reaction while Becca also presents zines; a medium made for the work/art, art/work, art/life, work/life balance.

Language and conversation take centre stage in both Morgan Cahn and Lada Wilson's works. Morgan's What do you think is vital knowledge or information for each of us to have? considers how we enact the process of learning while highlighting the moments of educational exchange that can occur through conversation. Developed as an active and evolving library, Morgan will exchange knowledge with visitors and log this in her newly bound book, pictured below with some of the encyclopaedias she will bring for reference.

Morgan Cahn, What do you think is vital knowledge or information for each of us to have? 2014

Lada Wilson transforms words from different languages into objets trouvĂ©s that lead to participatory events. For shift, Lada invites the audience to take part in a verbal and visual exchange that will create a portrait of time from words and imagination, exploring our understanding of language and the structures surrounding it. Lada's work will encroach onto the street with words running along the side of the cafe acting as signposts for thinking to approaching visitors.

Katie Reid takes her role as curator/facilitator of shift as inspiration for the work she'll develop. To experiment through extending the functional role that is often part of being a curator of site responsive projects she will make use of what temporarily becomes excess furniture in Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge encouraging her to consider what the terms, 'leftovers,' 'material,' and 'position' may mean from this perspective within the situation of shift.

Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee

shift, Sunday 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm at Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee is one of Central Station's featured events: http://thisiscentralstation.com/featured-event/shift/ and you can find out more information about the artists and their practices via the link above.

Follow the project on twitter using #shift or @PistachioRoux @beccalclark @rreitak @RichardTaylors

If you would like more information about how to join the Student Curatorial Team please email exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk with 'Student Curatorial Team Application' in the subject heading.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotland is coming soon!

We are pleased to announce Studio Jamming: Artists' Collaborations in Scotlandan exhibition as part of GENERATIONthis summer's major, nation-wide exhibition programme showcasing some of the best and most significant art to have emerged from Scotland over a period of 25 years and part of the Glasgow 2014 Culture Programme. 
Taking its cue from the live improvised excitement of musical jamming, Cooper Gallery in Dundee presents Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland; the first discursive survey to foreground the grassroots character of artists’ collaboration that has contributed to the remarkable achievements of contemporary art in Scotland. The exhibition is open 30 June - 2 August, Monday - Fridays 11am-5pm and the project is accompanied by a packed full, dynamic events series.

The exhibition opens on 28 June with a Preview and Performance by GANGHUT. Get a sneak peak inside the Cooper Gallery Project Space when the events series begins on 24 June with a (LIVE) publishing workshop, then from 5-6pm on Wednesday 25 June, Thursday 26 June and Friday 27 June, join us for GANGHUT's Five O'Clock Open Studios to hear from them about their Artists Residency which runs through that week ahead of their Performance at the Preview. The events series continues throughout the exhibition programme and there are talks, screenings, workshops and performances as well as the 12-Hour Jamming Symposium on 25 July. Keep an eye on our Events page to see what's happening when!
Adopting a diverse curatorial approach the project is comprised of exhibitions, a dynamic event series and a Group Critical Writing Residency, culminating in a 12-hour Jamming Symposium.
Studio Jamming is set to re-search, annotate, contextualise and celebrate artists’ collaboration as a particular phenomenon of artistic practice in Scotland. The key ingredient for this process is the Studio Jamming Hub, an architectural intervention constructed in and around Cooper Gallery designed by Studio Miessen led by Markus Miessen, an alumni of GSA and now a leading thinker in Critical Spatial Practice. Developing as a live critical discourse, the Studio Jamming Hub acts as a collaborative ‘site’ where artists, writers, architects, educators, researchers, performers, cultural thinkers and participants present, reflect upon and elaborate the possibilities and histories embedded in artists’ collaborations. 
Studio Miessen

Among the highlights of Studio Jamming is the presentation of works from artists’ collaborative groups including Graham Eatough & Graham FagenFull EyeGANGHUT and Henry VIII’s Wives. The artists’ collaborative groups occupy the Studio Jamming Hub for a week each to present new works and events between 30 June – 2 August. 

Studio Jamming is annotated and collated through (LIVE) publishing, a series of free publications created, printed and disseminated in situ, edited by Sean Scott and Katie Reid, produced with the (LIVE) publishing team.