Thu 3 - Fri 4 May 2012 | Thurs 3rd: 4pm-6pm // Fri 4th: 6pm-8pm | Free
As part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, two art organisations come together across continents to offer new experiences and create new witnesses for the creative output of Iraqi artists.
The first, Lucky Today, is a moving image and live performance event. Curated by Jordan-based Rijin Sahakian and facilitated by Edinburgh-based artist Rachael Cloughton, it includes screenings of moving image work from Rheim Alkadhi and Hiwa K which challenges physical attempts at permanence used by dominant power hegemonies in photography, architecture, militarized zones, and other sites manifest for protest and intervention, whilst Rachael Cloughton’s film and performance work plays with ideas of distance, intimacy and the breakdown of public and private space through narratives and scenaries which are uncomfortable or challenging to confront. Using performance, text, and visual manipulations, Lucky Today re-interprets the possibilities of image-making and its supposed impenetrability.
The second, No Man’s Land, is indicative of what The Mutual Charter is all about in encouraging collaboration across distance as New Zealand-based animation artist Zennor Alexander and Aberdeenshire-based composer and vocalist Fiona Soe Paing come together to present an audio-visual performance combining projected animations, experimental electronica and live vocals. Their work will be shown as one screening with a live performance, followed by a moving image showcase featuring 15 Mutual members.
No Man’s Land is commissioned by The Mutual for The Arches as part of The Mutual Charter in association with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012.
Lucky Today is presented by Sada (Echo) for contemporary Iraqi art, commissioned by The Mutual as part of The Mutual Charter in association with Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012.
ABOUT THE MUTUAL //
Sada (which translates as Echo) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the generation and presentation of contemporary Iraqi art and its related disciplines through exhibition and public programs, education initiatives and research.
A membership organisation that adopts the visual language of Glasgow’s trades, guilds and industrial unions, The Mutual is an unusual and idealistic model that believes in a ‘power in numbers’ approach to the problems of current creative practice, encouraging artists to work together, pooling skills, experience and equipment, to bypass the economic restraints typically encountered by emergent artists and to realise ambitious ideas. It now comprises more than 150 emergent Glasgow-based artists.
The Mutual Charter
Drawing inspiration from Glasgow’s history of socialist investment in guilds and unions, a campaign-style build up of live and online events will take place towards the Glasgow International festival 2012, marking the progress of a series of fourteen simultaneous international projects. Each of these projects has been proposed and created by members of The Mutual in response to an open call to explore new and existing international links within The Mutual membership.
Throughout the festival you can find out more about all the Mutual Charter projects and activities using the Mutual Charter Map and at the four ‘Muster Points’. Spread across the city, the Muster Points will be marked by The Mutual banner and inhabited by Mutual members who can help with tickets, directions and information. At each of the points you can also see unique content produced by Mutual Charter projects.
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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.”