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New Media Scotland

Lots of interesting things to do during April, from New Media Scotland.

Blindness and Visual Communication

Last year I participated in an artist residency programme called And’art in Marrakech. As part of the residency artists were given the opportunity to help facilitate workshops at a Blind School.

Here’s a quick summary of what happened in the workshops written by the organisers of the residency.

The workshops were part of And’Art Marrakech held by Terre Sans Frontière and were based at the University of Law in Marrakech. The idea of doing this project stemmed from trying to break the boundaries between the visually impaired and the sighted. This was realised by bringing the sighted and the visually impaired together in the same space to share their experience of the surrounding environment.

Photography Workshop

Four visually impaired students were given disposable cameras to document twenty four hours of their everyday life. They were to take a picture by their senses, for example when they heard or smelt something that triggered a memory or idea.


The students made a description of the reasoning behind each photograph by Dictaphone or Braille.


After processing the pictures, a textual annotation was added in Arabic, English and Braille near each picture.



Atika –
“I felt the warmth coming from a lamp and I am stood under the light while taking a picture of it.”

“I was lost on an empty pave then I took the picture so you can tell me where I was.”

“Picture of five fountains that I used to take pictures of when I was not blind, and now I’m taking a picture of them and I’m blind.”

Mostapha –
“I take a picture of the sky because when I’m thinking I look up.”

“I heard a sound that only comes from something that seems to be over the wall but I don’t know what it is.”

“What you can see in my pictures is that I am an introverted person because all the places I took in my pictures are closed.”

Fatima Ezzahra –
“This picture was taken at 11am because I was hearing a lot of noise that showed me that the place was full of tourists and Moroccan people, I heard voices and chants and storytellers and then I felt like if I was drawing a picture in my head of everything I was hearing.”

“This picture was taken at 11.15 am near the jewels shop, I touched some jewels with my hands to see them.”

Badr –
“I remember, we watched a soccer match and I am sad because my team its losing (Real Madrid).”


Their work was exhibited in Remp’Art Gallery, Gueliz, Marrakech 24 September – 5 October 2010. The Photography workshops for the visually impaired were led and facilitated by Amy Smyth, Saad-Eddine Said and Thea Panter, with much appreciated help from Fouad Said and Salah Bekri in collaboration with the visually impaired students who are members of IDMAJ at Qadi Ayad University (Marrakesh).

Atika –

“I felt the warmth coming from a lamp and I am stood under the light while taking a picture of it. ”

” I was lost on an empty plave then I took the picture so you can tell me where I was. ”

“Picture of five fountains that I used to take pictures of when I was not blind, and now I’m taking a picture of it and I’m blind.”

Mostapha –

“I take a picture of the sky because when I’m thinking I look up. ”

” I heard a sound that only comes from something that seems to be over the wall but I don’t know what it is. ”

” What you can see in my pictures is that I am an introverted person because all the places I took in my pictures are closed.”

Fatima Ezzahra –

“The picture have been taken at 11am, that was because I was hearing a lot of noise that shows me that the place was full of tourists and Moroccan people, and I hear voices of chant and storytellers and then I felt like if I was drawing a picture in my head of all was hearing. ”

” The picture have been taken at 11.15 am near the jewels shop, and I touch some jewels with my hands to see them. ”

Google Project

1st Year VisCom students have been out and about this week invading The Mackintosh Building with an army of plastic soldiers, holding a vigil for Olivia the dead pigeon, promoting a manifesto for foxes in fashionable Hyndland, challenging perceptions of fame at the Buchanan Galleries (sorry Justin Bieber) and welcoming Nelson Mandela (or at least his shirts) to Nelson Mandela Place.

The group of Gunnar Ofeigsson, Ellie Sharville, Luisa Casasanta, Rachel Thomson, Ailsa Sutcliffe and Sol Lamey discovered a disused railway station beside Kelvinbridge. By adorning a tree with mirrors, they created a poignant reference to industry, science and art as the station once brought the public to the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901.

http://kelvinbridgestationreopening.tumblr.com/kelvinbridgestationreopeninfo

A mouse called Gerald and other stories

The Foulis building (along with the Newbery Tower and ref) is coming down in the summer of 2011 to make way for a brand new “striking and inspiring world-class building” for The School and for Glasgow. I’m gathering and recording memories and stories of the Foulis, so if you have any recollections or anecdotes (no matter how mundane or random) please leave a comment or email me at walterhamilton [at] hotmail [dot] com. You can find me in real life in the Graphics studio, 1st floor, Foulis building, 158 Renfrew Street, Glasgow if you want to have an analogue conversation about it.

Also, please let me know if you have any suggestions or ideas for what the new building could/should be called.

Thanks.

In the Looop

Looop™ is an interesting endeavour to match designers needing print up with printers with spare space on their print runs, reducing waste and increasing value for money. It’s not overloaded with print offers so it’ll be interesting to see if it achieves the critical mass necessary to function effectively.

Hop on the blimp

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Article on Terreform One, a project about cities of the future…

It’s Not Their Logo, It’s Your Logo

As sure as a brand isn’t what the company says it is, it’s what ‘you’ say it is,  this logo competition from greenpeace shows how little ownership a company has over its own (supposed) most prized and valuable asset — its corporate identity.

In the Shadow of Shadow

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With the support of Uninstal, as part of a two day exploration of critical urban praxis with radical sound art collective Ultra-Red, The Strickland Distribution are hosting a public walk on Sunday 9th May. The walk is intended as a means to investigate contemporary urban dispossession as a consequence of gentrification in light of historical forms of primitive accumulation in the city. Led by independent writer and researcher Neil Gray, in collaboration with a range of activists and artists and housing and community groups, the walk will take a digressive route through George Square, the branded ‘Merchant City’, Glasgow Green, and the Barras Market. In a form of live critical praxis, the walk will aim to illuminate such shadowed areas as the ‘Cancer of Empire’ and the dead hand of Victoriana; the secret of primitive accumulation, past and present; ‘the Selfridges effect’ and the rent-gap; the ‘arts-led property strategy’ and affective labour; slums, tower blocks and penthouses, and the continuing crisis in housing; and the neoliberal pulverisation and commodification of social spaces.

The title of the walk refers to ‘Shadow’ and his ‘Midnight scenes and social photographs’, a paternalist Victorian account of Glasgow slums written in 1858. In the Shadow of Shadow, we propose instead an investigative ‘history from below’; a critical exploration of gentrification set in the historical contexts of the ‘second city of Empire’ and contemporary city-building. While Victorian paternalists like Shadow promoted top-down, moralistic solutions to mitigate the problems of the urban poor, we know that social change only ever comes with broad-based organising from below. Participating groups such as the Scottish Tenants Organisation, Glasgow Games Monitor 2014, and the Glasgow Residents Network are already active in Glasgow, and this walk aims to provide the means for critical self-reflection and collaborative exchange, as well as instigating and sustaining wider solidarity and activity between anti-gentrification researchers, activists, community groups, planners and artists in Glasgow. We welcome all those with an interest in this project.

Please note that the walk will be audio recorded by Ultra-Red. Recordings from the event will then be used the following Sunday 16th May in sound workshops that explore the issues raised on the walk and the possibilities for new and ongoing forms of organisation and resistance to gentrification in Glasgow.

Day 1: Sunday 9th May. Meet 1pm at Queen Victoria statue (with horse) George Square.

A public walk from George Square to the Barras market, bringing in contributions from researchers, activists and artists in a form of live critical praxis (time: 1-4pm approx.).

Followed by a screening from Document’s archive of ‘Drumchapel – The Frustration Game’ (20 mins, de-classed elements, 1989) and discussion (time: 4-7pm approx.) in Laurie’s Bar, 34-36 King Street, Glasgow, G1 5QT Map: http://tinyurl.com/34v9n8z

Day 2: Sunday 16th May, 1-5pm, Kinning Park Complex, 40 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1AQ Map: http://tinyurl.com/32x7y2h

A practical sound workshop with Ultra-Red bringing together walk participants to discuss the issues raised during the walk. The aim of these workshops is to facilitate a deeper understanding of gentrification, and to instigate and sustain wider solidarity and activity between anti-gentrification researchers, activists, community groups and artists in Glasgow.

Participants include:

Neil Gray (writer and researcher)
Leigh French (co-editor, Variant magazine)
Simon Yuill (artist and writer)
Libby Porter (University of Glasgow, Department of Urban Studies; Planners Network UK)
John Cousins (radical researcher and historian)

Links/Groups:

The Strickland Distribution: http://www.strickdistro.org
Uninstal: http://www.arika.org.uk
Ultra-Red: http://www.ultrared.org/directory.html
Document – International Documentary Film Festival : http://www.docfilmfest.org.uk
Variant: http://www.variant.org.uk
PNUK: http://www.pnuk.org.uk
Scottish Tenants Organisation: http://www.scottishtenants.org.uk/about_us.htm
Glasgow Games Monitor 2014: http://gamesmonitor2014.wordpress.com
Glasgow Residents Network: http://glasgowresidents.wordpress.com
The Burgh Angel: http://burghangel.wordpress.com
East End Eye: http://gamesmonitor2014.wordpress.com/east-end-eye-paper/
South Side Crane: http://southsidecrane.wordpress.com/category/events/

Some background research by Neil Gray from Variant magazine:

‘Constructing Neoliberal Glasgow: The Privatisation of Space’
http://www.variant.org.uk/25texts/neolib25.html

‘The Clyde Gateway: A New Urban Frontier?’
http://www.variant.org.uk/33texts/3_V33gray.html

‘Glasgow’s Merchant City: An Artist-Led Property Strategy’
http://www.variant.org.uk/34texts/mechantcity34.html

‘The Tyranny of Rent’
http://www.variant.org.uk/37texts/13RentTyranny.html

4646km of beard [b]logging

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Uncorporate Identity

Uncorporate Identity is not out yet, but I offer this unconventional pre-praise.

Glasgow Wood Recycling Project

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A message from Glasgow Wood Recycling, which may be of interest: Glasgow Wood Recycling is a social enterprise and charity dedicated to reclaiming and reusing wood waste.

We have recently established a retail space in Glasgow’s West End, called Dear Green Place, from which we sell a range of products made from reclaimed wood and supply timber. Like any other retailer over the Christmas period we are looking to capture the public’s imagination and draw some folk in by having great window displays. Most of our display space is external, although we have been given permission to use the window of a disused shop space on Dumbarton Road. We are looking for creative, practical and enthusiastic people to volunteer some time over the next few weeks to help develop concepts and install displays by Sat Dec 5th. We are open to groups or individuals who want to form a design team. Equipment and materials can be provided. Budget small but workable. This is a worth while voluntary opportunity that we aim to make useful to developing individual skills and experience. If you are interested. Please contact Hannah Clinch by Monday 16th November. email:hannah@glasgowwoodrecycling.org.uk If you would like to visit the site 7 Dalcross St, G11 5RE (behind Kelvinhall Underground Station) Open 10am-5pm Tue to Sat www.glasgowwoodrecycling.org.uk

Car or Park?

PARK(ing) Day 2009 is September 18th, and there are events planned for Leeds and Brighton, should you be in either. The original idea was started by Rebar, a San Francisco Art and Design Collective.

Metrics and Aesthetics

Not necessarily the most seductive thing you’ll look at this year, but the OECD Factbook Explorer is a significant advance in the visualisation of a vast amount of data under the durestiction of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, (as blogged at Doors of Perception).

Climate Pressure

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Project Pressure is a thought-provoking and visually stunning photography project by Klaus Thymann, documenting glacial retreat.

Marcus Fairs and Green Design

This podcast of a talk by Marcus Fairs (former editor of icon magazine) deals with the thorny and difficult to negotiate territory of ‘green’ design. I recall seeing him speak a few years ago, advocating (in a slightly tongue-in-cheek way) what he termed ‘neroism‘ – that we’re in such a bad way we may as well ‘fiddle whilst rome burns’…

Project M

Not something from James Bond (we think), just something interesting to do over the summer: Project M at WINTERHOUSE.

Buchstabenmuseum, Berlin

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Planning a trip to Berlin? I just received an email from a friend, recommending the Buchstabenmuseum (Type Museum), for some very very big examples of found lettering. You can read his blog post about it here, or see his Flickr pictures here.

Is the ink coverage from my high density typeface responsible for the hole in the ozone layer?

“After Dutch holey cheese, there now is a Dutch font with holes as well.”.
Eco typography awaits. This means that filled counters are now an ecological no-no.