The Arches and Stereo present
Sat 21 Sep 2013 | 12pm-3pm | Free
What can an understanding of particular creative/artistic practices bring to the task of imagining and organising new forms of direct action?
What is the potential for the social/political impact of the ephemeral performance encounter?
What can we learn from the similarities/distinctions between direct action and other forms of cultural production?
Arches LIVE joins up with Stereo to instigate an event/gathering/discussion to consider the possibilities for crossover between creative practice and forms of direct action.
This is an opportunity for creative practitioners and activists to meet and discuss crossover, individual experiences and findings, and perhaps think about how, where and when these initial discussions could lead to future arts/activism collaborations within and beyond Glasgow.
At this initial event, a selection of creative practitioners, activists and academics have been invited to present an aspect of their practice which might inform or be useful to a general discussion on art and direct action.
We’re keen to hear from any individuals who would like present something of their arts/activism/research work and thinking in this realm. This could take the form of a short presentation to the group – perhaps talking about your work and showing something of it in action.
Ideally this would be short (10 mins max) and require minimal technical support but a projector can be made available. This will help to support a context which is as informal and inclusive as possible.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”