Thomas Joshua Cooper Talk


Thomas Joshua Cooper

Picnicking on the River North Esk
Glen Esk

Angus, 1997/2014
silver gelatin print, hand toned & printed by the artist
two part work
edition of 4


Thomas Joshua Cooper in conversation with Anne Lyden, Curator of International Photography, National Galleries of Scotland

Saturday 1 November, 11am – midday
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh
Free, booking essential

Celebrated landscape photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper will discuss his work and his new Ingleby Gallery solo exhibition Scattered Waterswith Anne Lyden (Curator of International Photography, National Galleries of Scotland).

To book your place online please click  here

Don McCullin Documentary on Netflix

Now on Netflix (UK)

Watch the world exclusive McCullin trailer for David and Jacqui Morris’s documentary on British photographer Don McCullin, whose acclaimed work for the Observer and the Sunday Times in Vietnam, Biafra, Cyprus and Lebanon produced some of the defining images of war. McCullin describes the ‘moral sense of purpose and duty’ behind his work

McCullin is released in the UK on 1 January 2013

Riso + Shine(o)

Hato Press are featured in Grafik and at Serpentine Gallery

Established just four years go, Studio Hato and its sister business risograph printers Hato Press have an impressive roster of clients, including the Tate and Serpentine Galleries. We caught up with director Ken Kirton to discuss experimental production, community engagement, and new digital venture Hato Labo.

Paul Seawright Talk / GFT

Man sleeping

School of Fine Art Lecture: Paul Seawright

Glasgow Film Theatre, Friday, 24th October 2014
11.00 am – 12.30 pm. Free

Glasgow School of Art in association with Street Level Photoworks and JTPA.

Paul Seawright is Professor of Photography and Head of Belfast School of Art at the University of Ulster.

He is best known for his early work from the 80’s researching sectarian murder in Northern Ireland and his photographs of mine fields and battle sites in Afghanistan. These were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum in 2002 as part of the War Artist commissions and have been exhibited in over twenty countries.

His work is held in many museum collections including The Tate, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, International Centre of Photography New York,Portland Art Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Arts Councils of Ireland, England and N.Ireland, UK Government Collection and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.  In 2003 he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale of Art and in 1997 won the Irish Museum of Modern Art/Glen Dimplex Prize for a major contribution to Irish art.

Navdy / Early 2015

Stephen Murray / Briggait

The Comedown – Test Ride from Stephen Murray on Vimeo.

Stephen Murray : The Comedown from arts-news on Vimeo.


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if,then. 20-23 Oct. A week of interactive interaction design workshops. By Art School i/0 and A Feral Studio.



The Plinth is a living room gallery set up by GSA students and graduates Hamish Chapman, Freya Fullarton and Charlotte Fountaine. Anyone is free to have an exhibition on The Plinth, see the website for submission information. Exhibitions run for one week, and are published online and in the quarterly publication. So far there have been 19 exhibitions, and all past exhibitions can be viewed at Have a nosey at for more visual delights.

Image: Antra Svarcs

Turner Type

Duncan Campbell introduces the caseroom to the Turner prize.

Plan B

Norway’s New Banknotes (see also)

David Pearson + Paul Finn: Talk


David Pearson + Paul Finn

Wed 01 Oct
GSA Student’s Union / Upstairs


Real-time times two

Recently I have been hooked on two websites which are (un)related real-time updates of digital (mis)communication.

The first is a site created by Norse, an internet attack intelligence agancy (very Neuromancer but without the rastas in space). The site is a real-time visualisation of a small percentage (apparently <1%) of cyber attacks. It shows where the attacks originate, where is being targeted and the type of attack. It is pretty incredible. If you watch it for long enough you’ll see the map quieten down and then, boom, a massive coordinated attack will fire off. Usually against the USA.

The second site is a real-time visualisation of every emoji being used on twitter. I find it mesmerising. It follows on from an article I read in The Observer last weekend which was interested in the popularity of Emoji and how it has become a ubiquitous virtual language, with pictograms replacing words and combinations of these symbols replacing whole sentences but adding a multitude of increased interpretations. As the author of the article writes at the end of the article, “Barthes would have had a field day.”

Both of the sites are socially interesting and although at first glance I think it seems that the Norse one is the more ‘important’ of the two, I am fascinated by the Emoji one and by the questions it raises about how we communicate digitally, why are we always more drawn towards using pictures (pun intended), what does this mean for words and writing, is the majority of written language superfluous to communicative needs, can we call emoji a recognised language in its own right, and how would a shift towards a pictorial-based language system affect things like journalism, poetry, books etc, and physical interaction? Its a highly unlikely thing to happen but it is interesting to think about.


Kirstin Kerr

Great to see the work of viscomdes person Kirstin Kerr featured on Grafik, with some great images, and interesting back-stories to some of the projects.

Educational Type

The Sandberg Instituut discusses its new typeface and website, quoting Herman Zapf (1968);

“Electronics will soon force its claim on letterforms, and let us hope it will liberate us from the dust of the past.”

Turning Time into Space

The Walker design blog provides an extensive write up of the recent exhibition of the work of Muriel Cooper, graphic designer and pioneering technologist.


GSA illustrators in The Guardian

Great to see some GSA illustrators featured in The Guardian this weekend.







Compressor for smaller files online

A tool for getting good looking really small files for online work.


«Approaching a practice then means approaching it as it diverges, that is, feeling its borders, experimenting with the questions which practitioners may accept as relevant, even if they are not their own questions, rather than posing insulting questions that would lead them to mobilise and transform the border into a defence against their outside.»

Isabelle Stengers, «Introductory Notes on an Ecology of Practices»

via — LGRU Reader, (via a tip-off from Com Des person Gareth Lindsay), and with contributions by, amongst others, OSP.

J & M. Craig, Ltd., Kilmarnock

Makers of White and Coloured Glazed Bricks, Sinks, &c.


This exquisite enamelled brick is to be found at Rothesay’s Victorian public conveniences. My thin research on J. & M. Craig, Ltd. suggests that Messrs. James and Matthew Craig purchased the Hillhead Fire Clay Works in Kilmarnock 1861. Enamelled bricks were produced in a variety of tints with the brilliant white ones adapted for lining back walls and “wells” often seen in the centre of Glasgow where the reflection of light is valuable (see the exterior of Rennie Mackintosh’s Daily Record Building, Renfield Lane 1901). The letterforms have a gentle cross hatching technique giving them a warmth and solidity – it reminds me of doodling with a blue Bic biro. I love the idea that a process by which raw, worthless-looking clay, can be transformed into a beautifully enamelled building material.