Category Archives: Writing

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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).

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

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

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

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)

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

Some connecting words

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

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,

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)

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,