Love is really unpredictable

  Manhattan American Graffiti Good Fellas Bladerunner Broadway Danny Rose Local Hero Manhattan American Graffiti Hannah and her Sisters Alice doesn’t live here anymore Good Fellas Bladerunner

Love is really unpredictable

  Manhattan American Graffiti Good Fellas Bladerunner Broadway Danny Rose Local Hero Manhattan American Graffiti Hannah and her Sisters Alice doesn’t live here anymore Good Fellas Bladerunner

book

la mia collezione Alchimia

Stickers, Italian book, original drawing stencil, 1981 catalogue, card flower, exhibition poster,  business card, loose leaf Ollo catalogue and tragically a broken and stuck back together Ollo Family Vase 1996.

book

la mia collezione Alchimia

Stickers, Italian book, original drawing stencil, 1981 catalogue, card flower, exhibition poster,  business card, loose leaf Ollo catalogue and tragically a broken and stuck back together Ollo Family Vase 1996.

Rankin writing and reality

It is strange how you can miss out on a whole area of Scottish culture then finally catch up. My Mother recently gave me Ian Rankin’s book ‘Doors Open’ (she is a big fan having read everything he has published

Rankin writing and reality

It is strange how you can miss out on a whole area of Scottish culture then finally catch up. My Mother recently gave me Ian Rankin’s book ‘Doors Open’ (she is a big fan having read everything he has published

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Imported remoteness: It’s probably just my state of mind at the moment but I just believe what I’m told.

It’s probably just my state of mind at the moment but I just believe what I’m told. “Yeh that’s interesting”, or just a “yes whatever” – “have you heard that there is this Chinese artist who climbed Everest and cut

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Imported remoteness: It’s probably just my state of mind at the moment but I just believe what I’m told.

It’s probably just my state of mind at the moment but I just believe what I’m told. “Yeh that’s interesting”, or just a “yes whatever” – “have you heard that there is this Chinese artist who climbed Everest and cut

The Moon

The Hard Stuff : Nicola White I saw the Moondust at the Royal Scottish Museum September 1969 Marquee Moon : Television Moon : Kathleen Jamie

The Moon

The Hard Stuff : Nicola White I saw the Moondust at the Royal Scottish Museum September 1969 Marquee Moon : Television Moon : Kathleen Jamie

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Ross Sinclair reflects on his Real Life Gordon’s / Deveron Arts residency in Huntly

This is a very interesting and engaging slideshow/voice over lecture reflective statement from Ross Sinclair on his 3 month residency at Deveron Arts, Huntly last year. The energy, the anxiety, the what if’s for the artist in working in this context with a theme, blimey, what would it have been like if he didn’t do what he did, the gathering together of the local Gordons was a significant human reason to do all this. Important document of the project from the voice of the artist.

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Ross Sinclair reflects on his Real Life Gordon’s / Deveron Arts residency in Huntly

This is a very interesting and engaging slideshow/voice over lecture reflective statement from Ross Sinclair on his 3 month residency at Deveron Arts, Huntly last year. The energy, the anxiety, the what if’s for the artist in working in this context with a theme, blimey, what would it have been like if he didn’t do what he did, the gathering together of the local Gordons was a significant human reason to do all this. Important document of the project from the voice of the artist.

Findhorn notices 1 copy

Findhorn Mantra

Mantra Art and Voice
Jazz Singing Workshop
Iyengar Yoga Moray
Summer School 2
Love, Magic, Miracles
Midsummer Concert
Musick Fyne
Victoria: Requiem (1605)
Dancing the Living Goddess
Holy Sex Wild Love
Garden Opening
Ivan Drever
The Phoenix, Findhorn
17 June 2012

Findhorn notices 1 copy

Findhorn Mantra

Mantra Art and Voice
Jazz Singing Workshop
Iyengar Yoga Moray
Summer School 2
Love, Magic, Miracles
Midsummer Concert
Musick Fyne
Victoria: Requiem (1605)
Dancing the Living Goddess
Holy Sex Wild Love
Garden Opening
Ivan Drever
The Phoenix, Findhorn
17 June 2012

Michael Clark Company: ‘come been and gone’ Aberdeen

Took the ladies to see the Michael Clark Company performance ‘come been and gone’ at His Majesties Theatre in Aberdeen the other evening. Quite amazing as an experience, music from Wire, Bowie, Iggy Pop and Velvet Underground, amazing dancers and

Michael Clark Company: ‘come been and gone’ Aberdeen

Took the ladies to see the Michael Clark Company performance ‘come been and gone’ at His Majesties Theatre in Aberdeen the other evening. Quite amazing as an experience, music from Wire, Bowie, Iggy Pop and Velvet Underground, amazing dancers and

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Animals and Nature

The Acorn Woodpigeon Great Lake Swimmers Seabear Cloud Cult Freelance Whales Minus the Bear Explosions in the Sky Stars the bird and the bee photo by Ben Irving at St.Cyrus

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Animals and Nature

The Acorn Woodpigeon Great Lake Swimmers Seabear Cloud Cult Freelance Whales Minus the Bear Explosions in the Sky Stars the bird and the bee photo by Ben Irving at St.Cyrus

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MY DART Research Seminar at Gray’s School of Art

I have a research seminar planned for next Wednesday 2 May 2012, please come if you can. DART Seminar 6: Where is Curating if It is Not in the Institution? Led by Iain Irving, Curator/Lecturer, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen

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MY DART Research Seminar at Gray’s School of Art

I have a research seminar planned for next Wednesday 2 May 2012, please come if you can. DART Seminar 6: Where is Curating if It is Not in the Institution? Led by Iain Irving, Curator/Lecturer, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen

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The Diary of a Non-Place

Julian Opie Ganghut Susan Philipsz Subaru Suzanne Lacy Radio 1 roadshow circa 1978 Jonathan Monk John Chamberlain April 2012 Union Square, Aberdeen

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The Diary of a Non-Place

Julian Opie Ganghut Susan Philipsz Subaru Suzanne Lacy Radio 1 roadshow circa 1978 Jonathan Monk John Chamberlain April 2012 Union Square, Aberdeen

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Augmented reality curating

The recent Gray’s DART Research seminar on Wednesday http://discussionsart.wordpress.com/ was presented by my colleagues Paul Thompson and Jon Pengelly where Paul presented his very interesting current research on post physical printmaking. He introduced us to the work he was doing with augmented reality, (which is all new to me as I don’t own or use an iphone etc) but through his work, which places his virtual print work in selected places, then viewed via iphone/ipad made me start to consider the use of this process and media to curate projects, enabling a visual of my hypothetical curating.

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Augmented reality curating

The recent Gray’s DART Research seminar on Wednesday http://discussionsart.wordpress.com/ was presented by my colleagues Paul Thompson and Jon Pengelly where Paul presented his very interesting current research on post physical printmaking. He introduced us to the work he was doing with augmented reality, (which is all new to me as I don’t own or use an iphone etc) but through his work, which places his virtual print work in selected places, then viewed via iphone/ipad made me start to consider the use of this process and media to curate projects, enabling a visual of my hypothetical curating.

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Live Curating, as it happens.

In looking for the curatorial activity outwith contemporary art, we can look towards the social and cultural context. The use of the word curating in music, commerce and entertainment and in social media has become a recent phenomena. The word

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Live Curating, as it happens.

In looking for the curatorial activity outwith contemporary art, we can look towards the social and cultural context. The use of the word curating in music, commerce and entertainment and in social media has become a recent phenomena. The word

Ant Farm Media Burn

Let’s reenact this with a pile of PC’s but what’s the vehicle?

Ant Farm Media Burn

Let’s reenact this with a pile of PC’s but what’s the vehicle?

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We are Panel

See the work of independent design curators PANEL, who are Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan – brilliant! We are Panel website

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We are Panel

See the work of independent design curators PANEL, who are Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan – brilliant! We are Panel website

Fa bene al design

SUPERSTUDIO TEAM X GLOBAL TOOLS THE OSA GROUP ALCHIMIA ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT ARCHIGRAM N55 BAUHAUS ARCHIZOOM VKhUTEMAS UFO

Fa bene al design

SUPERSTUDIO TEAM X GLOBAL TOOLS THE OSA GROUP ALCHIMIA ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT ARCHIGRAM N55 BAUHAUS ARCHIZOOM VKhUTEMAS UFO

Make the Artist happy : HUO on The Art of Curating

A pacey run through of a number of useful ideas on curating as enhanced activity, good images. He talks of curating following the art of the time, so the art that is being made now allows curating to become enhanced

Make the Artist happy : HUO on The Art of Curating

A pacey run through of a number of useful ideas on curating as enhanced activity, good images. He talks of curating following the art of the time, so the art that is being made now allows curating to become enhanced

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Curativism

Curating + Activism = Curativism

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Curativism

Curating + Activism = Curativism

diagram examples

A way through the woods Now The standard Research overview diag  

diagram examples

A way through the woods Now The standard Research overview diag  

Mike Kelley

I am a big fan of Kelley’s work, so his death this week is sad to hear about. LA Post Obituary Some memories of my encounters with his work were, while at the CCA, Glasgow in the 90’s I used

Mike Kelley

I am a big fan of Kelley’s work, so his death this week is sad to hear about. LA Post Obituary Some memories of my encounters with his work were, while at the CCA, Glasgow in the 90’s I used

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Martin Honert’s sculpture Feuer taken by The North Sea

Martin Honert’s sculpture Feuer taken by The North Sea  

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Martin Honert’s sculpture Feuer taken by The North Sea

Martin Honert’s sculpture Feuer taken by The North Sea  

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The Blue Door

The muddy path The raging river The rocks of solitude The haunted folly The dark dark trees The crooked fence The private house The opening in the woods Curated by Iain Irving November 2011

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The Blue Door

The muddy path The raging river The rocks of solitude The haunted folly The dark dark trees The crooked fence The private house The opening in the woods Curated by Iain Irving November 2011

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MOVING by Nicola Atkinson Does Fly & Stevie Jackson

Sweet Nicola is coming to do a Guests @ Grays lecture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen on Friday 30th March 2012 http://guestsatgrays.wordpress.com/

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MOVING by Nicola Atkinson Does Fly & Stevie Jackson

Sweet Nicola is coming to do a Guests @ Grays lecture at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen on Friday 30th March 2012 http://guestsatgrays.wordpress.com/

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Dick Hebdige is not dead: a bit of friction and breakage helps you remember that you’re living in time.

Dick Hebdige is not dead: a bit of friction and breakage helps you remember that you’re living in time. Funny thing, today I was reading some old CCS text and Dick Hebdige was referenced (many times) and I  thought about

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Dick Hebdige is not dead: a bit of friction and breakage helps you remember that you’re living in time.

Dick Hebdige is not dead: a bit of friction and breakage helps you remember that you’re living in time. Funny thing, today I was reading some old CCS text and Dick Hebdige was referenced (many times) and I  thought about

Blimey, in the bottom half of the Art Power 100

And in the Art Review Power Art Top Hot hippity hop 100 62. Toby Webster 63. Germano Celant 64. Damien Hirst 65. Slavoj Zizek 66. Jeff Koons 67. Thaddaeus Ropac A-m-a-zing! Surely this shows influence and currency as opposed to

Blimey, in the bottom half of the Art Power 100

And in the Art Review Power Art Top Hot hippity hop 100 62. Toby Webster 63. Germano Celant 64. Damien Hirst 65. Slavoj Zizek 66. Jeff Koons 67. Thaddaeus Ropac A-m-a-zing! Surely this shows influence and currency as opposed to

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Ross Sinclair: The Real Life Gordons of Huntly Portable Museum

Last Friday, Ross Sinclair completed his 3 month residence at Deveron Arts with a portable museum tour of Huntly. Starting from the Deveron Arts office at the Brander Museum, with a skype with The House of Gordon USA the audience

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Ross Sinclair: The Real Life Gordons of Huntly Portable Museum

Last Friday, Ross Sinclair completed his 3 month residence at Deveron Arts with a portable museum tour of Huntly. Starting from the Deveron Arts office at the Brander Museum, with a skype with The House of Gordon USA the audience

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The Curator is ‘In”

An integration of the ‘expert’ into the local community, interestingly this chap, has offered up Architecture solutions, I was planning Curating solutions in a similar way… http://architecture5cents.com/

booth

The Curator is ‘In”

An integration of the ‘expert’ into the local community, interestingly this chap, has offered up Architecture solutions, I was planning Curating solutions in a similar way… http://architecture5cents.com/

framework

Framework reflections

The following are a couple of reflections made on the Framework curatorial group I have been attending recently – Framework website Maria Fusco : The Subjective Voice Saturday 10 September at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh Maria Fusco’s highly invigorating seminar and

framework

Framework reflections

The following are a couple of reflections made on the Framework curatorial group I have been attending recently – Framework website Maria Fusco : The Subjective Voice Saturday 10 September at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh Maria Fusco’s highly invigorating seminar and

Research Interview : Irving and Fremantle

This is an interview between myself and Chris Fremantle which discusses my research and role within the art school. Conducted in May 2011 by phone. Chris Fremantle:  The first question is: what is the relationship between your practice and your

Research Interview : Irving and Fremantle

This is an interview between myself and Chris Fremantle which discusses my research and role within the art school. Conducted in May 2011 by phone. Chris Fremantle:  The first question is: what is the relationship between your practice and your

Rock my Religion

Rediscovered this video from re-reading Dan Graham’s book, Rock My Religion, by way of Patti Smith’s great Just Kids. I met him twice. I installed the Graham exhibition Interior Design for Space Showing Videotapes, at the Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh in

Rock my Religion

Rediscovered this video from re-reading Dan Graham’s book, Rock My Religion, by way of Patti Smith’s great Just Kids. I met him twice. I installed the Graham exhibition Interior Design for Space Showing Videotapes, at the Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh in

harris

Nuclear Warhead and Phone Hacking

“There’s nobody here!” Recently back from Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebridies – which could do with some sort of ‘curator’ to help in giving form and opportunity for the artists and community there. There are either artists getting

harris

Nuclear Warhead and Phone Hacking

“There’s nobody here!” Recently back from Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebridies – which could do with some sort of ‘curator’ to help in giving form and opportunity for the artists and community there. There are either artists getting

Framework

FRAMEWORK Framework is a new curatorial research and development project. Check it out  

Framework

FRAMEWORK Framework is a new curatorial research and development project. Check it out  

museum-of-hypothetical-lifetimes

museum-of-hypothetical-lifetimes The therapist as curator

museum-of-hypothetical-lifetimes

museum-of-hypothetical-lifetimes The therapist as curator

Fowlsheugh

Along the coast from our house the Scottish RSPB have built a fantastic new bird hide/shelter at the Fowlsheugh reserve. More substantial than the usual hide its made of sandstone, renewable sources of wood and has a sedum mat on

Fowlsheugh

Along the coast from our house the Scottish RSPB have built a fantastic new bird hide/shelter at the Fowlsheugh reserve. More substantial than the usual hide its made of sandstone, renewable sources of wood and has a sedum mat on

Cultural Managers

[relay] curatorial project at eca This is an interesting group of people and activities, looking at the mysteries of cultural managing. Donna Holford-Lovell’s work is in here (ex Gray’s MA student), lovely. Talbot Rice Gallery exhibition -[Relay]- is an arts

Cultural Managers

[relay] curatorial project at eca This is an interesting group of people and activities, looking at the mysteries of cultural managing. Donna Holford-Lovell’s work is in here (ex Gray’s MA student), lovely. Talbot Rice Gallery exhibition -[Relay]- is an arts

10mins

10 minutes to make Art

“The phone rings. There’s some practical business to be attended to. “The way I work , it’s not isolated.” he says. “I never feel alone. You’ve got the support of the gallery, assistants and fabricators. Every exhibition feels like a

10mins

10 minutes to make Art

“The phone rings. There’s some practical business to be attended to. “The way I work , it’s not isolated.” he says. “I never feel alone. You’ve got the support of the gallery, assistants and fabricators. Every exhibition feels like a

David Gauntlett – Making is Connecting

Just came across David Gauntlett’s work which seems particulary useful and relevant to my craft of curating research. He talks about the craft of physical making and Web2.0 which is where I find myself crafting curated projects. He uses the

David Gauntlett – Making is Connecting

Just came across David Gauntlett’s work which seems particulary useful and relevant to my craft of curating research. He talks about the craft of physical making and Web2.0 which is where I find myself crafting curated projects. He uses the

Hand to mouth

Hand to MouthTHIS ONE

Hand to mouth

Hand to MouthTHIS ONE

Are museums our new churches?

Alain de Botton explores the notion that museums are our new churches. But museums – he says – have a lot to learn from churches about getting their message across. He appeals for a complete revamp of some of our

Are museums our new churches?

Alain de Botton explores the notion that museums are our new churches. But museums – he says – have a lot to learn from churches about getting their message across. He appeals for a complete revamp of some of our

Cook THE books

A Recipe for Exhibitions Ingredients: Art Artists Audiences Spaces (variable) Institutions (optional; at some altitudes, not recommended) Start with art and let it lead you to its makers: propose questions that concern you and that you care about, unanswerable questions

Cook THE books

A Recipe for Exhibitions Ingredients: Art Artists Audiences Spaces (variable) Institutions (optional; at some altitudes, not recommended) Start with art and let it lead you to its makers: propose questions that concern you and that you care about, unanswerable questions

Big Jesse

Brilliant bit of footage of Jesse Rae making an entrance, back out amongst us I believe, I remember seeing him a couple of times in Edinburgh ages ago, I enjoy the maverick, outsider-ness of all this, like Bill Drummond –

Big Jesse

Brilliant bit of footage of Jesse Rae making an entrance, back out amongst us I believe, I remember seeing him a couple of times in Edinburgh ages ago, I enjoy the maverick, outsider-ness of all this, like Bill Drummond –

Double Denim

Ross Sinclair and Katrina Brown Nice to see this, bit of double denim and zildjian promo from Ross

Double Denim

Ross Sinclair and Katrina Brown Nice to see this, bit of double denim and zildjian promo from Ross

Cryptid Curators 2

mmm, What am I implying here? that the curator is a figment of our imagination, a fleeting image, or “is a creature whose existence has been suggested but that is unrecognized by a scientific consensus, and whose existence is moreover

Cryptid Curators 2

mmm, What am I implying here? that the curator is a figment of our imagination, a fleeting image, or “is a creature whose existence has been suggested but that is unrecognized by a scientific consensus, and whose existence is moreover

Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern: the curator’s blog | Tate Blog

Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern: the curator’s blog | Tate Blog.

Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern: the curator’s blog | Tate Blog

Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern: the curator’s blog | Tate Blog.

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Deveron Arts discussion in Barron’s Greenhouse

Rough recording of last nights discussion International Networking, Mobility and the Environment Friday 1st October 6.30pm, Barron’s Greenhouse, Huntly A on-site and online discursive event curated by Jay Koh as part of the Red Herring programme in collaboration with artist

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Deveron Arts discussion in Barron’s Greenhouse

Rough recording of last nights discussion International Networking, Mobility and the Environment Friday 1st October 6.30pm, Barron’s Greenhouse, Huntly A on-site and online discursive event curated by Jay Koh as part of the Red Herring programme in collaboration with artist

Mixtapes: popular music in contemporary art

CURATORIAL DISCUSSION Mixtapes: Popular Music in Contemporary Art from Fiona Kearney on Vimeo. Looks like quite an interesting idea here but there needs to be comment on the curating of the mixtape in relation to curating of exhibition/artists. Is the

Mixtapes: popular music in contemporary art

CURATORIAL DISCUSSION Mixtapes: Popular Music in Contemporary Art from Fiona Kearney on Vimeo. Looks like quite an interesting idea here but there needs to be comment on the curating of the mixtape in relation to curating of exhibition/artists. Is the

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Alternative Banchory

While in Banchory I found a couple of interesting locations – disused hospital flats in the middle of a forest – a curling club hut and rink

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Alternative Banchory

While in Banchory I found a couple of interesting locations – disused hospital flats in the middle of a forest – a curling club hut and rink

Where to from here?

Summary statement My objectives are to continue to define the craft and occupation of independent curatorial practice through research of cultural theory and creative and professional practice. This will be defined through a critical analysis of the cultural intermediary/cultural entrepreneur,

Where to from here?

Summary statement My objectives are to continue to define the craft and occupation of independent curatorial practice through research of cultural theory and creative and professional practice. This will be defined through a critical analysis of the cultural intermediary/cultural entrepreneur,

An Amateur Unternehmergeist might be a good thing

Abstract Proposal: Keywords: Curating, Art, Music, Risk, Independence, Individual, Institutions, Entrepreneur, Experimentation, Do-it-Yourself, Autodidactic. This paper explores the creatively destructive role that the independent curator has in the evolution and sustainability of the contemporary art industry. There can be nothing

An Amateur Unternehmergeist might be a good thing

Abstract Proposal: Keywords: Curating, Art, Music, Risk, Independence, Individual, Institutions, Entrepreneur, Experimentation, Do-it-Yourself, Autodidactic. This paper explores the creatively destructive role that the independent curator has in the evolution and sustainability of the contemporary art industry. There can be nothing

Seeing the value in something and someone

This is the catalogue essay I have recently written for the Gemuce project at Deveron Arts, Huntly. Seeing the value in something and someone Iain Irving.   Sometimes when you are in line at an airport waiting to check your

Seeing the value in something and someone

This is the catalogue essay I have recently written for the Gemuce project at Deveron Arts, Huntly. Seeing the value in something and someone Iain Irving.   Sometimes when you are in line at an airport waiting to check your

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GI: Glycemic Index

Took the Grays MA students down to Glasgow last Thursday for a trip around the Glasgow International Visual Art Festival. Seemed like a lot to see but we only got to 3 venues – Kelvingrove/David Shrigley, Hunterian/ Joseph Beuys and

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GI: Glycemic Index

Took the Grays MA students down to Glasgow last Thursday for a trip around the Glasgow International Visual Art Festival. Seemed like a lot to see but we only got to 3 venues – Kelvingrove/David Shrigley, Hunterian/ Joseph Beuys and

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Mary Jane Jacob

My own poor recording of Mary Jane Jacob at Deveron Arts, Huntly, 23 April 2010

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Mary Jane Jacob

My own poor recording of Mary Jane Jacob at Deveron Arts, Huntly, 23 April 2010

Creative Destruction

The media coverage of the death of Malcolm McLaren has made me consider that as a creative, entrepreneurial catalytical spirit, he was in fact a curator. The talk is of a trickster, imp, provocateur, self publicist and a genius of mismanagement. He had the character of a creative destructive – in producing the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow,

Creative Destruction

The media coverage of the death of Malcolm McLaren has made me consider that as a creative, entrepreneurial catalytical spirit, he was in fact a curator. The talk is of a trickster, imp, provocateur, self publicist and a genius of mismanagement. He had the character of a creative destructive – in producing the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Bow Wow Wow,

Ask Matthew Higgs

Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, answers questions selected by ICI Executive Director Kate Fowle from the public during the NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach 2009. Ask Matthew was part of Let’s talk: Reinvention, a daily program of topical discussions with today’s leading art professionals, organized by ICI (Independent Curators International) and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).

Nice set, though.

Ask Matthew Higgs

Matthew Higgs, Director and Chief Curator of White Columns, answers questions selected by ICI Executive Director Kate Fowle from the public during the NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach 2009. Ask Matthew was part of Let’s talk: Reinvention, a daily program of topical discussions with today’s leading art professionals, organized by ICI (Independent Curators International) and the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA).

Nice set, though.

Curators links

Making connections between my chosen case studies
maybe a bit obvious

Curators links

Making connections between my chosen case studies
maybe a bit obvious

Li Yuan Chia : Artspace at Hadrian’s Wall

I remember hearing about this Taiwanese artists artspace which was beside Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria from Mark Francis many years ago. It sounded exotic and strange, pioneering and motivating, it was inspirational. So a recent doc on Radio 4 yesterday filled in a lot of missing knowledge. It actually sounded chaotic, improvisational, diy, independent, spontaneous.

Li Yuan Chia : Artspace at Hadrian’s Wall

I remember hearing about this Taiwanese artists artspace which was beside Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria from Mark Francis many years ago. It sounded exotic and strange, pioneering and motivating, it was inspirational. So a recent doc on Radio 4 yesterday filled in a lot of missing knowledge. It actually sounded chaotic, improvisational, diy, independent, spontaneous.

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Shadow Curating with Deveron Arts

An output from the Shadow Curating project with Deveron Arts, took place last week in Huntly Square at the Xmas evening fair. Myself and the Grays student group produced a Museum of Monetary Ambiguity (MOMA).

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Shadow Curating with Deveron Arts

An output from the Shadow Curating project with Deveron Arts, took place last week in Huntly Square at the Xmas evening fair. Myself and the Grays student group produced a Museum of Monetary Ambiguity (MOMA).

The Cave

The Little Cave

Finding spaces for exhibitions

This little cave on the coastal rocks near my house is an interesting place to imagine an exhibition as its never immersed by the sea and mostly dry but sits on a natural ledge just above the sea.

The Cave

The Little Cave

Finding spaces for exhibitions

This little cave on the coastal rocks near my house is an interesting place to imagine an exhibition as its never immersed by the sea and mostly dry but sits on a natural ledge just above the sea.

Shadow Curating project with students

I am currently involved with a project with Deveron Arts, Huntly as part of their Shadow Curating exercises. I was invited by Claudia Zeiske of Deveron Arts to play the shadow role to the Mozambique artist, Gemuce’s Credit Crunch project.

Shadow Curating project with students

I am currently involved with a project with Deveron Arts, Huntly as part of their Shadow Curating exercises. I was invited by Claudia Zeiske of Deveron Arts to play the shadow role to the Mozambique artist, Gemuce’s Credit Crunch project.

Energy yes, quality no

Last week I visited the Thomas Hirschhorn exhibition at DCA in Dundee, with the PG student group. After an broken down journey down from Aberdeen we made it to the centre. I was looking forward to seeing this work, as

Energy yes, quality no

Last week I visited the Thomas Hirschhorn exhibition at DCA in Dundee, with the PG student group. After an broken down journey down from Aberdeen we made it to the centre. I was looking forward to seeing this work, as

Too Fast - Slow Down, Huntly

Too Fast – Slow Down, Huntly

At the weekend, the Slow Down Walking and Cycling Festival took place in Huntly. Glasgow based artist Jacqueline Donachie had developed a public art event to encourage the locals out of their cars and onto their bikes. The event actually

Too Fast - Slow Down, Huntly

Too Fast – Slow Down, Huntly

At the weekend, the Slow Down Walking and Cycling Festival took place in Huntly. Glasgow based artist Jacqueline Donachie had developed a public art event to encourage the locals out of their cars and onto their bikes. The event actually

Authenticity

Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore website of their Authenticity book Very interesting and sort of obvious analysis of authenticity, particularly in the market place but has use in thinking about art and curating

Authenticity

Joe Pine and Jim Gilmore website of their Authenticity book Very interesting and sort of obvious analysis of authenticity, particularly in the market place but has use in thinking about art and curating

acuratorialconcept

These hypothetical exhibition ideas are turning into curating as writing, as its as much as is said or contextualised as there is space between and around the words.  

acuratorialconcept

These hypothetical exhibition ideas are turning into curating as writing, as its as much as is said or contextualised as there is space between and around the words.  

Rural Curating

My Villages Rural Art Spaces Kathrin Bahm Shifting Ground Littoral

Rural Curating

My Villages Rural Art Spaces Kathrin Bahm Shifting Ground Littoral

Matthew Higgs

Matthew Higgs interview and spins records

Matthew Higgs

Matthew Higgs interview and spins records

Curators archives : 2 many curators

This image reminds me of coming across the Demarco Archive in the old Blackfriars Street Church, Edinburgh which at the time Richard Demarco was using as his gallery, probably around 1985. The piles of materials, lots of paper and print

Curators archives : 2 many curators

This image reminds me of coming across the Demarco Archive in the old Blackfriars Street Church, Edinburgh which at the time Richard Demarco was using as his gallery, probably around 1985. The piles of materials, lots of paper and print

We make Art not Work

We make Art not Work

Last week in Edinburgh, we went to meet Paul Nesbitt at Inverleith House in The Botanic Gardens. I wanted him to talk about his experience of exhibition making. He has been the Exhibition organiser at the gallery for 23 years.

We make Art not Work

We make Art not Work

Last week in Edinburgh, we went to meet Paul Nesbitt at Inverleith House in The Botanic Gardens. I wanted him to talk about his experience of exhibition making. He has been the Exhibition organiser at the gallery for 23 years.

My Car is my Office : Curatorial Practice as a flash fiction (500 words)

My Car is my Office : Curatorial Practice as a flash fiction (500 words)

A couple of weeks ago I was listening to the Film programme on Radio 4 while I was driving home from college. It was a Friday afternoon, which is my favourite moment of the week as it is the end

My Car is my Office : Curatorial Practice as a flash fiction (500 words)

My Car is my Office : Curatorial Practice as a flash fiction (500 words)

A couple of weeks ago I was listening to the Film programme on Radio 4 while I was driving home from college. It was a Friday afternoon, which is my favourite moment of the week as it is the end

Alex Frost and his Format Wars

Alex Frost came to Gray’s to do his talk at lunchtime on Thursday. It was good to see him again, I am a big fan of his work – materials, subject, delicacy, modernism, crafti–sm. I first saw his work accidentally

Alex Frost and his Format Wars

Alex Frost came to Gray’s to do his talk at lunchtime on Thursday. It was good to see him again, I am a big fan of his work – materials, subject, delicacy, modernism, crafti–sm. I first saw his work accidentally

Outdoor Community Noticeboards

Outdoor Community Noticeboards

Stonehaven/Catterline/Kirkton of Skene Community noticeboards are mini random time based exhibitions.

Outdoor Community Noticeboards

Outdoor Community Noticeboards

Stonehaven/Catterline/Kirkton of Skene Community noticeboards are mini random time based exhibitions.

Curating comment from Rainer

When Attitudes become Curating – Rainer Ganahl

Curating comment from Rainer

When Attitudes become Curating – Rainer Ganahl

Some connecting words

Some connecting words

My comment on the Speechification blog connecting mix-tapes and curating The Disappearing Art of the Mixtape

Some connecting words

Some connecting words

My comment on the Speechification blog connecting mix-tapes and curating The Disappearing Art of the Mixtape

Exhibition Maker

The arrival and establishment of the independent curator, is acknowledged to have derived from the practice of Harald Szeemann, Swiss curator, 1932 -2005. Having served his time and worked on a programme of museum context exhibitions at the Bern, Kunsthalle,

Exhibition Maker

The arrival and establishment of the independent curator, is acknowledged to have derived from the practice of Harald Szeemann, Swiss curator, 1932 -2005. Having served his time and worked on a programme of museum context exhibitions at the Bern, Kunsthalle,

Quite right, Joshua

To take a risk as a curator is to be open to both possibility of not knowing an outcome, and the possibility of failure. To develop a conceptual framework for a show, yet remain open to any possible result, any

Quite right, Joshua

To take a risk as a curator is to be open to both possibility of not knowing an outcome, and the possibility of failure. To develop a conceptual framework for a show, yet remain open to any possible result, any

Olympic

My drumming teacher at school (circa 1976) was one Jimmy Grossart. He taught Kyle and me the rudiments, coaching us to pound away on circular black rubber mats, learning the basics as well as some exotic rhythms, like Bossa Nova

Olympic

My drumming teacher at school (circa 1976) was one Jimmy Grossart. He taught Kyle and me the rudiments, coaching us to pound away on circular black rubber mats, learning the basics as well as some exotic rhythms, like Bossa Nova

Anti-space

In the article, ‘The Curator’s Task: Opening up Space and Time’ , Mary Jane Jacob comments on the relationship of the audience to art and explains that the curated experience needs to be “a more open ended one and less

Anti-space

In the article, ‘The Curator’s Task: Opening up Space and Time’ , Mary Jane Jacob comments on the relationship of the audience to art and explains that the curated experience needs to be “a more open ended one and less

Risky Business

A common attitude from recent discussions it seems has been about taking RISK, pushing ideas and possibilities as far as they go. It could well produce an amazing event, output, solution, possibility or experience. Sophie Hope ( B+B, http://www.welcomebb.org.uk/– Curator/artist)

Risky Business

A common attitude from recent discussions it seems has been about taking RISK, pushing ideas and possibilities as far as they go. It could well produce an amazing event, output, solution, possibility or experience. Sophie Hope ( B+B, http://www.welcomebb.org.uk/– Curator/artist)

Back to the Garden

This was another spontaneous curating project while on holiday on the Isle of Mull. I created a curated ‘event’ by producing a poster advertising the project, “Back to the Garden”, which included Simon Starling, Bill Drummond, Mull Organics, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall,

Back to the Garden

This was another spontaneous curating project while on holiday on the Isle of Mull. I created a curated ‘event’ by producing a poster advertising the project, “Back to the Garden”, which included Simon Starling, Bill Drummond, Mull Organics, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall,

Need to get some structure

Notes/Reading through – Doing a Literature Review by Chris Hart (1998) Open University Doing PG Research by Stephen Potter et (2006) Open University – to get some structure, plan and requirements to the enquiry as there is lots of information/literature,

Need to get some structure

Notes/Reading through – Doing a Literature Review by Chris Hart (1998) Open University Doing PG Research by Stephen Potter et (2006) Open University – to get some structure, plan and requirements to the enquiry as there is lots of information/literature,

Reading list update

Bourdieu, P (1984) Distinction, London, Routledge Debord, Guy (1994) The Society of the Spectacle, Cambridge, MIT Devine, T and Logue, P eds. (2002) Being Scottish, Edinburgh, Polygon Dormer, P ed (1997) The Culture of Craft, Manchester, Manchester University Press. Dormer,

Reading list update

Bourdieu, P (1984) Distinction, London, Routledge Debord, Guy (1994) The Society of the Spectacle, Cambridge, MIT Devine, T and Logue, P eds. (2002) Being Scottish, Edinburgh, Polygon Dormer, P ed (1997) The Culture of Craft, Manchester, Manchester University Press. Dormer,

more direction

tacit knowledge craft of exhibition making genres patternmaking Listing /categorizing/archiving interventions serendipity materiality • artists • location • collaborators • money • creativity • theme • research • production • interpretation

more direction

tacit knowledge craft of exhibition making genres patternmaking Listing /categorizing/archiving interventions serendipity materiality • artists • location • collaborators • money • creativity • theme • research • production • interpretation

Recoded – Landscape and politics in New Media conference at Aberdeen Uni

Attended Friday (24th) session of this conference, it also ran on Saturday which I would have really liked to attend, after the experience of the Friday, much thought provoking stuff in a very convivial atmosphere. Very textual oriented so it

Recoded – Landscape and politics in New Media conference at Aberdeen Uni

Attended Friday (24th) session of this conference, it also ran on Saturday which I would have really liked to attend, after the experience of the Friday, much thought provoking stuff in a very convivial atmosphere. Very textual oriented so it