Monday 31 August, 6pm, Barnes Lecture Theatre.
A screening of The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
Highly recommended. Chance for a monday night catch-up.
Masters students during their field trip to Berlin had the pleasure of visiting Christoph Neimann in his Studio in Mitte. Below is a recent interview that provides some insight into his making process and work. You can view it here. Freund von freund (which translates as friend of a friend) is also an interesting jumping of point for lots of interviews across various disciplines and cities. The Selby also did an interesting feature on his home which backs on to his studio in Mitte. You can view it here.
PRINTSHOP! is open to the public from 12-5pm Tuesday – Sunday for people to get creative and make and display prints, and will also play host to a series of exciting free weekend workshops focused on screen printing, letterpress and book binding all devised and led by a host of different artists makers and designers. As part of the exhibition, a collaborative artwork produced by Edwin Pickstone and Ciara Phillips will also be on show. Printshop! Workshops All workshops are free and are on a drop-in basis. No booking is required, if sessions are busy places will be given on a first come, first served basis.
Sat 15 & Sun 16 August – Letterpress print workshop with Edwin Pickstone
Sat 22 & Sun 23 August – Screen Printing workshop with Zephyr Liddell & Ben Ashton
Sat 29 & Sun 30 August – Book Binding workshop with Cristina Garriga of My Bookcase
Celebrate the launch of William Goldsmith’s latest book The Bind at Glasgow School of Art, Reid Building 6-8pm Thursday 13th August 2015. There will be drinks provided and a chance to see original artwork from the book in The Caseroom.
William Goldsmith is a writer and illustrator based in Glasgow. His first graphic novel Vignettes of Ystov, was nominated for the Newton First Book Award at Edinburgh International Book Festival. It told the stories of the interlocking lives of ‘Ystov’ inhabitants – an Eastern European city of the imagination. His second book The Bind is a book about books. It centres around the tale of two brothers Victor and Guy Egret, and explores the rise and fall of there family business – the once prestigious London bookbinders Egret Bindings.
Random House says ‘In 1910 brothers Guy and Victor Egret take on an ambitious commission: a deluxe, jewelled binding of a collection of poems, A Moonless Land. It proves to be a moment of hubris. The work triggers their ruin, watched by the disapproving spirit of their father, Garrison Egret. A darkly humorous tale of sibling rivalry and creative one-upmanship, The Bind shows once again that William Goldsmith is an incomparable storyteller and a marvellously inventive artist.’
Darwin Magazine’s selection of the eight best photography graduates in the UK includes three recent graduates from GSA Communication Design (Photography). Calum Douglas, Alan Knox, and Peter Holliday. You can read more here.
Editor Harry Rose, Darwin Magazine, has selected 8 of his favourite projects, searching high and low, from University websites and attending graduate exhibitions throughout the UK.
I made an enjoyable discovery when dusting off some old work files last week. Common Senses, Number One, March 84 was published when I was in my First year at The School of Art. I recognise Jimmy Cosgrove (the master puppeteer on the back cover), Danny Ferguson (formidable looking but insightful and encouraging), John Cunningham (who used to tie his tweed jacket together at the front with a bit of twine), Conrad McKenna and Peter Sumsion (who had a snazzy line in corduroy suits). The zine was put together by students for students and is packed with nostalgic goodies – current stuff, interviews (including Steven Campbell and Ken Currie), poetry, recipes (including cheese nut burgers), book, exhibition and film reviews.
My favourite articles included /
Juke box survey in Pubs in Central Area by Catherine Bisson
OCEAN’S ELEVEN – SAUCHIEHALL STREET – NEXT TO BAIRD HALL
“Bet you never thought of walking into this pub. It doesn’t look very hot from the outside and it’s not exactly all cushions and carpet on the inside. However from my point of view it’s got something that’ll make me go back. They’re video Jukebox. Not only can you hear your favourite songs, you can watch the video too. It’s fifty pence for two songs and you can choose from a wide variety of material. They’ve got quite a few very up to date ones; The Killing Moon – Echo and the Bunnymen; Love is a wonderful colour – The Icicle Works,; The Colourfield – The Colourfield, to name a few. They have Relax by Frankie goes to Hollywood but I’m afraid the video is very tame. They have some pretty obscure things, for example; Don’t Box Me In – Stewart Copeland and Rumble Fish; Aerobics – The California Girls and Que te Quiero by Katrina and The Waves, whoever they may be. They’ve got quite a few classics as well – Independence Day by the Comsat Angels; I only want to be with you by the Tourists and Stand by your man by Tammy Wynette. There’s also a whole load more, some I’ve never heard off, and some I don’t think worth mentioning: The video picture is good and the music is loud but not offensive.”
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* TEN FASCINATING PIGEON FACTS * including /
* Pigeons are the only birds capable of sucking. The rest make do with sipping and swallowing
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“So you think you’re an Art Student” quiz including /
Question 4 — Do you go home to:- a) See your family, b) get Mum to do your washing, c) get fed and pissed
Question 5 — How many times are you heard saying “frustration” or ”depressed” in one day? a) never, b) 10 or less, c) at least 5,000
Question 7 — How many times a day do you go for a tea break? a) 5 or less, b) 10-15, c) my whole day’s a tea break
Question 15 — When a tutor slags your work do you:- a) Go into a four months sulk, b) Ask to look at her/his recent work, c) Tell her/him to ********** off
If you answered mostly c) you proved to the world that as an art student at The School of Art you were the coolest, hippiest thing to be seen walking along Sauchiehall Street. I needed a d) option for each question to accurately reflect my non posering experience in Yr1. The dodgy anorak without a hood, polyveldt shoes and home knitted sweaters didn’t help. The Mary Chain changed all that …
There were some lovely memories from this year’s Singapore Immersion Programme. Our 70 Singapore guests shared knowledge and cultural differences in the Haldane for three (almost sunny) weeks in June. One of the aims this year was to explore a variety of expressive processes and ask the students redefine them visually and verbally. The students adopted a sense of ‘openness’ and desire to experiment with a variety of media and techniques – they entered into workshop activities with a positive and energetic spirit. Adding to the atmosphere of knowledge transfer were the GSA student ambassadors who exchanged information in whatever way they proposed – discussion, debate, playful activity, performance, drawing and writing. Big thanks to Ryan, Trudi, Laura, Penuel, Jack, Peter, Juliette, Emőke and Rachele.
An important breakthrough moment for one Singapore student was articulated during an interim crit. The student had produced a triptych of drawings of an elderly person climbing a steep street in Glasgow. The drawings were characterful and full of energy. When asked if this was a method of drawing they were familiar with, they replied no. They were using an expressive approach picked up from earlier workshop activity that inspired a new way of looking at the world.
The following piece is from green group b — Fayth Foo, Poh Jing Yi, Tiffanie Sng and Nigel Tan. An animation which examined the remaining structures of an old mill on the Kelvin Walkway. Through their observations, they measured time through repetitive habits and behaviours that portrayed the possible ‘degrading’ of the mill’s history, forgotten both in the physical and psychologically aspect.
Assembly comes to London this weekend. With an exhibition of all graduating students, talks that bear a passing resemblance to Pecha Kucha, and as yet unspecified amounts of beer, it promises to be reasonably good. Please spread to the word, and hope to see you there.
The MDes Communication Design Interim Show, presents a multicultural and multidisciplinary group hailing from Canada, China, France, Scotland, Italy, Taiwan, Norway and the Basque Country. Displaying work from across different mediums, print to digital, and a multitude of thematic directions, they are all brought together by finding themselves in Glasgow.
New Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street Facebook Event
May 29th – May 31st (Opening Party May 29th 6pm)
Opening Hours: Fri: 6pm-11pm, Sat&Sun: 12-5pm
Drag + Drop is an interesting article about making things appear ‘real’ (with some handy links to useful software). While undoubtedly this is an is an important part of articulating an idea, is there a tipping point where the impression of the surface of an idea is given greater importance than the idea itself? It also leads to a whole load of identikit portfolios conforming to some kind of weird non-offensive white studio loft apartment web browser archetypes.
Make Works is an excellent directory of fabricators, factories, manufacturers and makers. Set up by GSA Product Design Graduate Fi Scott, Make Works is a fantastic resource if you need to get ‘stuff’ ‘done’.
Good friend of the department, Ciara Philips, and viscomdes person Edwin Pickstone, are presenting work at Blip Blip Blip in Leeds this week. The doubles series asks a mid career artist to invite another artist, with whom they have some form of educational or artistic relationship, to make an exhibition with them. In this sixth instalment of the series Ciara Phillips has invited Edwin Pickstone to produce a new collaborative work that will line the walls of the gallery.
Runs 14/05/15 – 29/05/15
Private View: 6-8pm Wednesday 13th May / More info here.