Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Next Week/// Cooper Summer Residency 2015: THINGNESS?

Cooper Summer Residency 6–31 July 2015


For the 2015 edition of Cooper Summer Residency, we are delighted to host Glasgow-based artist Oliver Braid and Lyon-based artist Anouchka Oler, as well as Edinburgh-based philosopher, Joseph Fletcher. The artists’ practices investigate Object-Oriented Ontology and each will consider this philosophical phenomenon through the theme of thingness? during the residency. Cooper Summer Salon will be held once a week during the residency to amplify the making and thinking through conversations with the audience. 

Anouchka Oler, still from The Mother, the Monster and the Witch #1, (Voices will find their bodies), video, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.

Glasgow-based artist Oliver Braid’s practice explores definitions of objects, from their objecthood to their subsequent social application, through experimental collaborative and curatorial compositions. His artworks and curated projects are influenced by an aleatoric sensibility uncovered under popular 21st century thinking; observations of Objects wandering with Well-being. 

Oliver Braid, Communal Dolphin Snouting, Transmission, Glasgow, 2013. Credit: Andrew McCue  
Lyon-based artist Anouchka Oler’s work often starts with materiality; the thingness of functionless forms, the materiality of language. Oler’s role is frequently made visible in relation to these forms; within her time-based pieces she performs characters that set into narratives, sculptures and objects, be it her own material production, or ones that have entered a history of cultural production. 

                                         Anouchka Oler Image taken from the video IRMA, 2015, 23

Edinburgh based philosopher Joseph Fletcher will join the residency as a third voice to place reflexivity at the heart of the residency.

Throughout the residency, we will host weekly salons here at Cooper Gallery where you are invited to join us and engage with the artists as they explore new avenues for their practices. This is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the artists' processes, areas of research and influences, in an informal setting. Cooper Summer Salons will take place at 12.30–1.30pm on Wednesdays throughout the residency (8, 15, 22, 29 July) and we encourage visitors to drop in at any time during the hour.

For more information about Cooper Summer Residency 2015, visit our website.

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