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Cover image: Borland / Condon, Neolithic Pit Firing Test, 2014
It’s Easter already and the pace keeps picking up. This season we begin with an exhibition by Christine Borland and Brody Condon, presenting new work around a fascinating project that has been gestating for some time. Over the same period both Rachel Levine and Ross Hamilton Frew have exhibitions in Intermedia Gallery. Three great festivals will span the season too – Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glitch by Digital Desperados and Counterflows. It’s worth digging into the detail of each of these festivals as they’re all crammed with treasures. I’m biased but I’d have to argue the rest of the programme is just as promising. There’s Cryptic’s Requiem for Edward Snowden; Radiophrenia - a temporary FM radio station broadcasting from CCA during April; and John Butt conducting Bach’s Coffee Cantata. If you like live art you’ll also be excited by the imminent arrival of Gob Squad and, within the Glitch festival, the legendary Vaginal Davis. I also want to mention Charles Parker Day (27 March). This will celebrate the work of Parker, a BBC radio producer who promoted the importance of the oral tradition and folk song. He was known particularly for his Radio Ballads series, made with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger and so it’s a real privilege for CCA that Peggy Seeger will attend in person for the event. Francis McKee, Director
Dancing in a circle is a reminder that we are part of the whole ROMANY DEAR
Until Sun 15 March Tue–Sat: 11am–6pm // Sun: 12noon–6pm // Free. Dancing in a circle is a reminder that we are part of the whole gives an early overview on the collaborative and individual practice of artist and choreographer Romany Dear. The show is structured in three segments. The first concentrates on the collaborative series of workshops that make up Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S). Founded by Julia Scott, Ashanti Harris and Romany Dear, G.O.D.S attempts to de-intellectualise knowledge of movement by actively seeking participation. Through free workshops, resource spaces and gatherings, G.O.D.S is a school where everyone can learn something from anyone. Everybody is a dancer! The second segment moves between shared and individual work as the exhibition renews, rehearses and represents existing ideas and performances. A series of live works are brought into the CCA galleries, touching upon Romany’s ongoing explorations around gender, athletics, communication and rhythm. As a third segment within the exhibition, the registration and documentation of these movements provide a reflexive act to understand what we see. Revisiting, regenerating and rehearsing are forms used to trigger historical approaches, offering them as possibilities to think through the time of now. A circle strongly envisions and represents movement between individuals and communities. Possibly constructed as a democratic form, we can see what a circle might mean to a dancer, an artist, a participant and a viewer. This exhibition consists of a programme of live performances at 1pm and 5pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Thanks to all the dancers involved in creating and performing these works: Justyna Ataman, Daniela Corda, Melanie Forbes Broomes, Ashanti Harris, Zephyr Liddell, Casey O’Connel, Cassie Oji and Julia Scott. Events in the G.O.D.S resource room include a weekly reading group from 6pm – 8pm every Thursday and an Afro Fusion Workshop with Nandi Bhebhe, Sat 15 Mar, 1.30pm. Details on all events are available in the gallery and online via glasgowopendanceschool.co.uk and cca-glasgow.com Top: image by Jessica Copsey Below: Justyna Ataman, Melanie Forbes Broomes, Romany Dear, Ashanti Harris, Daniela Corda & Zephyr Liddell. Photography by Alan Dimmick 4
circles of focus
Christine Borland & Brody Condon Sat 4 April – Sun 17 May Tue–Sat: 11am–6pm // Sun: 12noon–6pm // Free // Preview: Fri 3 Apr, 7pm – 9pm
Circles of Focus presents – for the first time – the results of a collaborative research project by artists Christine Borland and Brody Condon that explores human body donation as a tool for artistic research and practice. Pit fired ceramic sculptures, performance documentation, and legal paperwork presented in the CCA Galleries function as a proposal to potential body donors whom the artists have worked with over the past two years. Borland and Condon imagine a contemporary approach to death and dying by suggesting the anonymous body after death could be a site of ambiguity and expression. Extensive research and collaboration with a local potter and experimental archaeologist in Orkney has led to the artists developing sculptural works from large amounts of earth shipped from the islands. This raw material has been made into workable clay through a laborious local process involving the addition of fat, sand and animal hair, then pit fired in mounds according (as far as can be proven) to Neolithic methods. The pieces entangle the historical and contemporary relationships with materials that are encountered in funerary as well as everyday rituals. As part of a series of events surrounding the exhibition, informal ‘rehearsals’ at CCA will document the abstract traces transferred from the sculptures to the skin of carefully positioned living bodies, in a manner similar to the process known as hypostasis - which describes how the surface of the body, after death, retains imprints from the objects it touches. Using this forensic methodology, often employed in crime scene analysis, the artists make an aesthetic proposal for the physical remains of the donors. The Circles of Focus project, through sculpture, performance research and practice, binds the material body to the social imagination embodied across law, medicine, archaeology and death itself. The project has been made possible through collaborations with experts and institutions, including the Laboratory of Human Anatomy, University of Glasgow; Materialise UK; Fursbeck Pottery, Orkney; Flux Laser & CNC Studio, Glasgow and Cove Park; and with funding from a Creative Scotland Vital Spark Award. This exhibition is accompanied by a series of events, please see cca-glasgow.com for details. Top: Borland / Condon, Clay Research, Bay of Skaill, Orkney, 2012. Below: Borland / Condon, Anatomical Research, Laboratory of Human Anatomy, University of Glasgow, 2013. Photo Dave Dunbar. 6
CCA: Intermedia Gallery
Soft Chaos Rachel Levine Until Sat 14 Mar Wed–Sun: 12noon–6pm // Free Rachel Levine’s work concerns sculpture as both method of research and as medium. Levine was selected by The Skinny and CCA as their award winner at RSA New Contemporaries 2014.
The Garden is Our Wall Gordon Douglas with Stefanie Cheong James Harding Tess Vaughan Jake Watts Tue 14 Apr – Sat 9 May // Free A series of four events inviting collaboration from creative practitioners. The programme draws on authority within designed urban image, and the inherent civic responsibility of communal habitation. JAMES HARDING & GORDON DOUGLAS
nib : Complete Sea
Tue 14 Apr, 7pm, Free / 18+
Locus of Points Ross Hamilton Frew 28 Mar – 11 Apr Tue–Sat: 11am–6pm // Sun: 12noon–6pm Preview: Fri 27 Mar, 6pm–9pm // Free Ross Hamilton Frew presents a series of drawings and compositions produced on a hand made paper stock developed during a research project at Northumbria University. 8
STEPHANIE CHEONG & GORDON DOUGLAS
Thu 23 Apr, 7pm, Free TESS VAUGHAN & GORDON DOUGLAS
Commissions Are Made Thu 30 Apr, 7pm, Free
JAKE WATTS & GORDON DOUGLAS
800,000+ Neighbours Sat 9 May, 11am, Free
CCA: Residencies & Publications
Counterflows Residency Creative Lab Residency
Richard Whitby Mon 2 – Fri 27 March Richard will be working from research into DW Griffith’s film Intolerance (1916). With artist Siôn Parkinson, Richard will make a performance inspired by the elephants featured in the film’s set and by ‘cosplay’ fan costumes.
Andrea Neumann & Adam Campbell Residency: Sat 28 Mar – Sun 5 Apr Public event: Sat 4 Apr, 4pm, Free / All ages As part of Counterflows residency series supported by Goethe-Institut, Adam Campbell and Andrea Neumann will be working in the Creative Lab and will present their collaborative endeavours on 4 April.
2HB CCA’s quarterly publication is dedicated to creative and experimental writing in contemporary art. 2HB focuses on creative writing or fiction with a critical awareness of issues. A journal for experimental art writing, it facilitates a discursive space for writing in contemporary art practice and creates a platform for artists, writers and theorists to realise work that might not otherwise be published. 2HB volumes are available from CCA or online at ccaglasgow.com/shop 9
Glasgow Short Film Festival 2015 Thu 12 – Sun 15 Mar glasgowfilm.org/gsff
This year GSFF waves a fond farewell to our mother festival GFF and wanders into the faintly warmer, slightly longer days of mid-March. We’ve a great line-up of guests, from Daniel Wolfe, the promos director who painstakingly recreated an early 90s warehouse rave in Chase & Status’ Blind Faith, to Greg Hemphill, who comperes our ever-popular comedy strand Short Com. We showcase the work of acclaimed Chicago filmmaker Jennifer Reeder and welcome programmers from the Lviv International Short Film Festival in Ukraine to present new work responding directly to current events in the country. And our competition selection showcases the cutting edge of new filmmaking, devouring the boundaries of filmmaking conventions.
Enjoy the festival! 10
Glasgow Short Film Festival at cca Sat 14 Mar:
Symposium: Short Film (and) Criticism Thu 12 Mar:
10.30am, Free – register for a place at glasgowfilm.org/gsff / 15+
Short Stuff: Parent & Baby Screening
Let Glasgow Flourish: Best Laid Schemes
Focus on Ukraine 1: Babylon ‘13
Luminous Latitude: Artists’ Film Touring Programme
11am, £6 (£5) / All ages 7pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
3.15pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
The Skinny Short Film Award
5.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
7.15pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
Scottish Competition 1: Parenthood
7.30pm, Free / 15+
Fri 13 Mar:
Sun 15 Mar:
Duane Hopkins In Conversation: Directing Actors
11am, £6 (£5) / 15+
11.30am, £6 (£5) – one ticket admits one adult & one child / 5+
Panel: What Next?
Filming The List
Kevin B Lee: Desktop Documentary Workshop
Scottish Competition 4: Soulmates
The Short Road to Features
Focus on Ukraine 2: Cry, But Shoot!
7.15pm, Free – tickets available on the day only from GSFF box office in CCA / 15+ 9pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
9.15pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
1.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
3.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
5.30pm, Free – tickets available on the day only from GSFF box office in CCA / 15+
Scottish Competition 2: Dark Days 7.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
Anatomy of a Short Film Programme 7.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
Daniel Wolfe Music Video Masterclass 9.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
Scottish Competition 3: Off The Path A Wall Is A Screen Short Com with Greg Hemphill 9.15pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
1pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
3.15pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
3.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
5.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
Meet the Filmmakers 5.30pm, Free / 18+
Jennifer Reeder 6pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
GSFF15 Award Winners 8.30pm, £6 (£5) / 15+
CCA: Festivals DIGITAL DESPERADOS:
Thu 19 – Sat 28 Mar digitaldesperados.org/glitch
Welcome one and all, to GLITCH – a queer film festival! We have a stunning selection of films, video art, spoken word, filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions, live music and free haircuts. We have kept Digital Desperados’ programming focus of films by or about people of colour – so GLITCH is a queer, trans, intersex, people of colour film festival. A contemporary snapshot of queer passions and preoccupations. Road movies, love, prisons, cooking, S&M, life drawing, colonialism, dance, children, electricity, magnets, death, the play of light, lipstick, racism, shop work, night life, poetry, outer space, sex work, pride, mothers, pet dogs and more! Entry to all events is free. All films are subtitled. All live events are BSL interpreted. 12
GlITCH at cca
Thu 19 Mar:
Mon 23 Mar:
Sat 28 Mar:
GLITCH’s Glorious Opening
God Loves Uganda
7pm / 15+
Fri 20 Mar:
14+ accompanied by an adult
Tue 24 Mar:
6.30pm / 15+
8pm / 14+ accompanied by an adult
6.30pm / 12+ 8.30pm
Out in the Night 7pm / 15+
Sat 21 Mar:
Wed 25 Mar:
QTIPoC Shorts 2
1pm / 15+
QTIPoC Shorts 3 3.45pm / 15+
QTIPoC Shorts 4 & Panel Discussion 5.30pm / 15+
To Be Takei
8.30pm / 12+ Sun 22 Mar:
Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984–1992 1pm / 12+
The Aggressives 3.15pm
14+ accompanied by an adult
QTIPoC Collective Creativity on Tour 5pm / 15+
12noon / 15+
12noon–5pm / All ages
2pm / All ages
QTIPoC Shorts 7 4pm / 18+
Gerontophilia 6pm / 18+
6.30pm / 15+
Alex and Ali
8pm / 14+ accompanied by an adult Thu 26 Mar:
Dal Puri Diaspora 6pm / 12+
Chupan Chuppai: Hide and Seek 8pm / 12+
Fri 27 Mar:
GLITCH’s Climactic Closing with Ms Vaginal Davis Sat 28 Mar, 8pm / 15+
5pm / 12+
QTIPoC Shorts 6 6.45pm / 18+
Fucking Different XXY Production 8.30pm / 18+
QTIPoC Shorts 5 7.30pm / 18+
CCA: Festivals AC PROJECTS:
COUNTERFLOWS Thu 2 – Sat 4 Apr counterflows.com
AC Projects presents the fourth edition of Counterflows. A festival bringing together a glittering array of artists to explore music, art and much more, developing networks of underground like-minded souls from across the world and quite frankly putting fun back into the idea of discovering the new. Taking place in various venues across the city, with CCA as the festival hub, Counterflows offers a programme of events that explores work across genres and artists that share an approach to developing cross-cultural ideas and the creation of new music. Counterflows explores the nuances in contemporary experimental music making by bringing together artists from across the world to perform and exchange ideas with local practitioners and audiences. Counterflows gratefully acknowledges the support of Creative Scotland, the British Council, PRS for Music Foundation and Goethe Institut Glasgow. Full festival passes available at www.counterflows.com 14
COUNTERFLOWS at cca
Fri 3 Apr:
RICHARD YOUNGS’ Experiment for Demolished Structures 6.45pm, £6 + 60p booking fee / All ages
FLORIAN HECKER 10.40pm, £6 + 60p booking fee / All ages
LATE NIGHT COUNTERFLOWS with Fish Police + DJs at Saramago 11.30pm, Free / 18+
Thu 2 Apr:
Sat 4 Apr:
OPENING LAUNCH RECEPTION
Counterflows Film Screening 1 –
8pm, Free / All ages
1.30pm, £3 + 60p booking fee / All ages
Counterflows / Novas Frequencia
EARS SWITCHED ON AND OFF
CHINESE COOKIE POETS & NEGRO LEO with guests
DJ sets at Saramago
COUNTERFLOWS RESIDENCY: Andrea Neumann & Adam Campbell
9pm, £6 + 60p booking fee / All ages
10.30pm, Free / 18+
3.10pm, Free / All ages
4pm, Free / All ages
THE TAIWANESE UNDERGROUND:
Dino, Wang Fu-Jui, LIN Chi-Wei 8pm, £6 + 60p booking fee / All ages
Creative Movement Workshops
CINEMAATTIC WEST COAST:
Creative movement workshops for adults with disabilities.
Thu 5 Mar & Thu 9 Apr, 7.30pm £5 (£4) + 60p booking fee / 18+
Mon 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mar Mon 20, 27 Apr, 11am, Free / 18+
Spanish & Latin-American Short Film Show
Scottish Writers Centre
Cinemaattic continues to offer a selection of the best Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American short films, now also in Glasgow! Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.
Tue 3 Mar, 7pm, £2 on the door, Free to members / 14+ accompanied by an adult
Scottish Book Trust Writing Seminars: All About Agents
This seminar will explain the role of a literary agent and give practical advice for obtaining an agent. There will also be opportunity for pre-selected writers to receive feedback on their work.
Cryptic nights presents
Matthew Collings, Requiem for Edward Snowden Document Human Rights Film Festival & Camcorder Guerrillas
Wed 4 Mar , 7pm, Free / 15+ House, Amos Gitai’s psychogeographic documentary, examines the past lives of a single home in West Jerusalem over thirty years. 16
Thu 5 Mar, 8pm £7.40 (£4.40) + 60p booking fee 14+ when accompanied by an adult An audiovisual performance based around the actions of whistleblower Edward Snowden, in association with New Media Scotland.
El Abrazo Tango Club: Milonga
Mon 9 Mar & Mon 13 Apr, 7pm, Free, Suggested £3 donation / 18+
Glasgow Tango Studio
Fri 6 Mar & Fri 24 Apr 8pm, £5 on the door/18+ A relaxed and enjoyable evening of Argentine Tango social dancing. DJ Jeff plays a delightful combination of golden era tangoes, milongas and tango-valses spiced with contemporary arrangements.
Drama Workshops for Kids
Sat 7, 14, 21, 28 Mar Sat 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr, 10.30am / 4 – 16 Acting Up’s drama workshops continue every Saturday. A new improvisation based teenage class with an emphasis on comedy starts at 2.30pm. New members welcome. Please email [email protected]
Scottish Screenwriters was founded in 2005 and now has over 800 online members and contacts worldwide. Everyone is welcome at the monthly meetings from the novice to the professional.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland An Evening of Scottish Music Mon 9 Mar, 8pm Tickets via boxoffice.rcs.ac.uk / All ages
The trad music stars of tomorrow are on display, with a showcase of their talents as soloists and in ensembles.
Seeds of Thought Writing Group Tue 10 Mar & Tue 21 Apr, 6pm Free & unticketed / 18+
Seeds of Thought writing group sessions are relaxed, informal and open to all writers - beginners and experienced alike.
Lock Up Your Daughters FILMMAKING
I Am The Wheel Sun 8 Mar, 7pm, Free / All ages
A new film from Luca George. What is faith? Who is guilt? And where is love? Climb the tree of life. Spin the wheel of time.
Mon 16 Mar & Mon 6 Apr, 6.30pm, Free / All ages A film collective for LGBTIQ people, aimed at all levels of skill and experience, their project nights offer opportunities to get involved in ongoing film projects.
Mon 9 Mar, 7pm, Free but ticketed / All ages
Watch Bad Movies with Great Comedians presents: Masters of the Universe
A round table discussion with Malcolm Dickson, Ben Harman, Ben Rush, and Amanda Catto who will talk about their organisation’s activities in Scotland and beyond. Open discussion follows.
Watch this 80s cult classic with topical comics Joe Heenan and Billy Kirkwood providing hysterical live commentary over the film.
CCA: Talks & Events
Mon 16 Mar, 7.30pm Tickets via seetickets.com / 18+
Tue 17 Mar, 2pm, £5.50 (£4.50) + 60p booking fee / 14+ when accompanied by an adult
Sun 22 Mar & Sun 12 Apr, 1pm, £15 (£10) + £1 booking fee / All ages
UNIVERSAL COMEDY THE CLINIC: An Afternoon of Serious Stand-up
Universal Comedy changes lives through comedy. This year they take to the stage to showcase the extraordinary comedy talents of people coping with ill health and mental health challenges.
SCOTTISH WRITERS CENTRE Scottish Book Trust Writing Seminars: Writing for 8 – 12 Year Olds
Tue 17 Mar, 7pm, £2 on the door, Free to Members /14+ accompanied by an adult This seminar will explore what editors, booksellers, and children look for when they select books. The panel will include Melissa Cox, Imogen Cooper and Lindsay Fraser.
Paul Michael Henry Butoh Dance Workshop
Butoh, the ‘Dance of Darkness,’ uses rich imagery to dissolve tension, awakening the Imagination-Body: the unique dance within each of us. No experience needed.
CCA: Performance Compulsory Trousers / Book Arrow Heart
Sun 22 – Tue 24 Mar, 7.30pm £8 (£6), Tickets via Seetickets / 12+ When the boss of a chocolate factory announces his intentions to move the work abroad, his female workforce hatch a plan to change his mind. A new play by Tom Brogan.
CCA: Talks and Events Curating Europes’ Futures:
Rael Artel and Maria Hlavajova
Tue 24 Mar, 6pm, Free but ticketed / All ages
GRAMNet Film Series Return to Homs
Curating Europes’ Futures discussion with Maria Hlavajova, artistic director of BAK and founder of Former West project, and Rael Artel, director of Tartu Art Museum and curator of Let’s Talk about Nationalism!
Wed 18 Mar, 6pm, Free / 15+ As the siege takes hold in Homs, two friends gather together a circle of brave but inexperienced insurgents, determined to protect the captive civilians and help to get them out of the city.
CCA: Music Randolph’s Leap presents
I CAN’T DANCE TO THIS MUSIC Sat 21 Mar, 2pm, £15 + £1 / 18+
The third instalment of Randolph’s Leap’s all-day events, I Can’t Dance To This Music, comes to CCA. Joining them on the bill will be Withered Hand, eagleowl and more to be announced! 18
CCA: Talks and Events Charles Parker Archive Trust
THE CHARLES PARKER DAY 2015 Fri 27 Mar, 10.30am - 6pm £30 (£20) + 60p booking fee / 18+
The annual conference celebrating the radio feature – past, present and future – comes to Scotland for the first time, with special guest Peggy Seeger. Charles Parker was responsible, with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, for a series of innovative radio programmes which captured the extraordinary nature of people’s lives.
SEEDS OF THOUGHT Poetry Night
Sat 28 Mar & Sat 25 Apr 7.30pm, Free & unticketed / 18+
A fun relaxed evening of spoken word and music for seasoned and new performers; plus open mic if you’d like to get involved.
CCA: Performance Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland STAGE TO PAGE
Mon 30 Mar, 7pm, £3 on the door / 15+ A voluntary collective of writers, directors and actors who meet monthly to conduct short public workshops of scenes from brand new plays.
CCA: Literature Scottish Writers Centre Scottish Book Trust Writing Seminars: PUBLISHING & PERFORMING YOUR POETRY Tue 31 Mar, 7pm £2 on the door, Free to Members, 14+ accompanied by an adult This seminar will explore the different ways in which poets can reach an audience, and will explore the best approach to take when submitting work to publishers.
GOB SQUAD / THE ARCHES’ BEHAVIOUR FESTIVAL
WESTERN SOCIETY Wed 8 & Thu 9 Apr, 7.30pm Tickets from thearches.co.uk / 16+ Western Society is a portrait of civilisation in the 21st century, like a frame through which we can peep into the living room of an unknown family, and recognise ourselves. Fascinated with technology, Gob Squad zoom the camera directly into the centre of the western home. By exploring the internet’s remote darkness, Gob Squad have brought back a tiny satellite, a fairly unspectacular unwatched video of an anonymous living room, of a family gathering somewhere at the edge of the western world.
Goethe-Institut & Alliance Française Franco-German Film Series:
THE STRANGE LITTLE CAT
Tue 31 Mar, 7pm £2.40 (£1.40) + 60p booking fee / 18+ Our upcoming screenings explore the borders between reality and fiction. Ramon Z rcher’s filmic essay is reminiscent of Fischli / Weiss’ The Way Things Go, where the mundane turns out to be the strangest subject of all.
Ceòl ‘s Craic
CEÒL MÒR OSTAIG
Sat 11 Apr, 7.30pm £12 + 60p booking fee / All ages Ceòl Mòr Ostaig is an evening of music and drama showcasing the work of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig students. Guest headliners are Gaelic supergroup and international festival favourites Dàimh. 19
CCA: Talks & Events
Mon 13 Apr, 7pm, Free but ticketed / All ages
Alla Räisänen, Julia Heikkinen and Ida Pimenoff present their work at Finnish photo. assn gallery Hippolyte, the Northern Photographic Centre and Nopho (Nordic Photography Network).
SCOTTISH WRITERS CENTRE Broadcasting live from CCA, Radiophrenia is a temporary FM art radio station a week-long exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. The programme includes soundscapes, spoken word, documentary, drama, radio experiments, found sound and radical new programme ideas. Supported by Creative Scotland.
WHOSE VOICE IS IT ANYWAY?
with Margaret Elphinstone & Chrys Salt Tue 14 Apr, 7pm £6 (£3) on the door, Free to members 14+ accompanied by an adult
Novelist Margaret Elphinstone and poet Chrys Salt will discuss the challenge of writing in the voices of other times and cultures. Does an author have to belong to the culture they write about?
Mon 13 – Sun 19 Apr 12noon-4pm (except during soundchecks) Free / All ages
The CCA theatre space will be open to the public as a listening room for the transmissions.
live-to-air Mon 13 – Sun 19 Apr 7pm, Free but ticketed / 15+ A series of specially commissioned liveto-air performances. Artists include Felix Kubin, The Resonance Radio Orchestra, Peter Lanceley, Shelly Nadashi, Jim Colquhoun, Kathryn Elkin, Nichola Scrutton, Julia Scott and Elizabeth Veldon. For the latest listings and to find which frequency to tune in on, please see
Document Human Rights Film Festival & Camcorder Guerrillas
WORDS:WALLS Wed 15 Apr, 7pm, Free / 15+
WORDS:WALLS is a trip through the scarred landscapes of the West Bank with a group of artists as they encounter the many, varied forms which resistance takes.
THE COFFEE OPERA
Tue 21 & 28 Apr, 9pm, Free / 18+ John Butt conducts this historically informed production of Bach’s cantata in its entirety, intertwined with contemporary music theatre.
CCA: Literature SCOTTISH WRITERS CENTRE SWC ‘Spring Speakeasy’
Tue 28 Apr, 7pm, £6 (£3) on the door, Free to members / 14+ accompanied by an adult An evening of recitals of poetry and short stories in English, Gaelic and Scots, from SWC members. Everyone welcome, members and non-members alike, so come along and hear new literature in action.
CCA: Film CCA: Film
Alliance Française & Goethe-Institut Franco-German Film Series:
Wed 22 Apr, 7pm £2.40 (£1.40) + 60p booking fee / 18+ Our upcoming screenings explore the borders between reality and fiction. French author Emmanuel Carrére’s first feature film stars acclaimed actors Lindon and Devos in an intriguing drama about the nature of identity.
CCA: Music The Fallen Angels Club:
Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine
Fri 24 Apr, 8pm, £14 + £1 booking fee 14+ accompanied by an adult The prolific and highly-rated Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine are doubling up on their undoubted talents for a very special show.
GMB Glasgow General Apex Branch
Thu 30 Apr, 7.15pm £5 (£4) + 60p booking fee / 15+ The Navigators is the story of a group of railway workers at the time of the privatisation of British Rail, which brings grave repercussions for the safety of the rail system.
CCA: Music McKenzie Sawers Duo
Beyond the Coral Sea
Thu 30 Apr, 8pm £10 (£6) + £1 booking fee / All ages Following acclaimed CD The Coral Sea (Delphian Records), McKenzie Sawers Duo play music for saxophone & piano, including Michael Nyman, Judith Weir, James McMillan & Martin Green of Lau (premiere). More information on all events at
WELCOME HOME Tue–Sat: 11am–6pm / Sun:12noon–6pm welcomehomestore.co.uk Welcome Home is a creative retail space - a place to shop for inspiration as well as handmade, useful and beautiful products. Focused on making design, craft and illustration accessible to all, it provides an evolving space for new designers and members of the public to create and learn through a programme of events and showcases.
Aye-Aye BOOKS Tue–Sat: 11am–6pm aye-ayebooks.com Aye-Aye Books has a wide range of books from independent publishers around the world alongside an unrivalled selection of publications by and about contemporary Scottish artists, limited edition artists’ books, cultural and critical theory, fiction, poetry, magazines, journals, radical books, sound art, music, DVDs and a brand new children’s section.
Cultural Tenants CCA is home to Cultural Tenants - cultural and artistic organisations who are based in our office space and contribute to CCA’s programme. These include: Black Hearted Press; Camcorder Guerillas; Cryptic; Document; Electron Club; MAP Magazine; Paragon; Playwrights’ Studio Scotland; Scottish Ensemble; Scottish Writers’ Centre; Random Accomplice; The List; Tom McGrath Writers’ Room; University of the West of Scotland; Voice Business and Vanishing Point (pictured). 22
DJ sets at Saramago Free, Terrace Bar
Music from the World Tomorrow Every Thu
Weekly DJ sets from Dam Mantle, DJ Dance Music, Letitia Pleiades and F.F.T.H.O.C.O.A.L.
Saramago Mon–Thu: 10am-midnight Fri–Sat: 10am-1am Sun: 12noon-midnight Food served: Mon–Wed: 10am-10pm Thu–Sat: 10am-11.30pm Sun: 12noon-10pm Reservations: 0141 352 4920 Saramago serves fresh tasty food every day, baking bread and cakes every morning. It stocks a range of quality beers, ciders, wines and juices at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere. There’s also a great outdoor terrace to enjoy right in the heart of the city and DJs every Thu, Fri and Sat night.
Infinity Pool Fri 6 Mar & Fri 3 Apr
Steev and Simon (Errors) broadcast Acid, 90s, RnB, and synthesized library sounds.
Get the Records On Sat 7 Mar & Sat 4 Apr
DJs Craig Reece and Aitor Zaig dig into the vaults with psychedelic rock, rhythm & blues, garage and soul.
Blue Sunshine Sat 14 Mar & Sat 11 Apr
Chad Palestine (Liquid/Monorail) and Plasmatron (Mogwai) play some of their favourite records.
Fri 20 Mar & Fri 17 Apr The twisted roots of rock ‘n’ roll, country and beyond!
Super Africaine Sat 21 Mar & Sat 18 Apr
An afrobeat extravaganza with some jazz, rock and psychedelic tunes from Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia.
MAR-APR 2015 Sun 1 Mar Romany Dear / p4 Soft Chaos / p8
Tue 10 Mar Sat 21 Mar Romany Dear / p4 Glitch / p13 Seeds of Thought Writing / p17 Acting Up! / p17 Randolph’s Leap / p18 Mon 2 Mar Wed 11 Mar Super Africaine / p23 Indepen-dance / p16 Romany Dear / p4 Soft Chaos / p8 Sun 22 Mar Tue 3 Mar Glitch / p13 Romany Dear / p4 Thu 12 Mar Butoh Dance Workshop / p18 SBT: All About Agents / p16 Romany Dear / p4 BOSSNAPPERS / p18 Soft Chaos / p8 Wed 4 Mar Glasgow Short Film Fest / p11 Mon 23 Mar Romany Dear / p4 Music from the Glitch / p13 Soft Chaos / p8 World Tomorrow / p23 Indepen-dance / p16 Worldscreen: Palestine / p16 BOSSNAPPERS / p18 Fri 13 Mar Thu 5 Mar Romany Dear / p4 Tue 24 Mar Romany Dear / p4 Soft Chaos / p8 Glitch / p13 Soft Chaos / p8 Glasgow Short Film Fest / p11 BOSSNAPPERS / p18 CinemaAttic / p16 Curating Europes’ Futures / p18 Requiem for Edward Sat 14 Mar Snowden / p16 Romany Dear / p4 Wed 25 Mar Music from the Soft Chaos / p8 Glitch / p13 World Tomorrow / p23 Glasgow Short Film Fest / p11 Acting Up! / p17 Thu 26 Mar Fri 6 Mar Blue Sunshine / p23 Glitch / p13 Romany Dear / p4 Music from the World Soft Chaos / p8 Sun 15 Mar Tomorrow / p23 El Abrazo Tango Club / p17 Romany Dear / p4 Infinity Pool / p23 Glasgow Short Film Fest / p11 Fri 27 Mar Glitch / p13 Sat 7 Mar Mon 16 Mar Locus of Points / p8 Romany Dear / p4 Indepen-dance / p16 Charles Parker Day / p18 Soft Chaos / p8 Masters of the Universe / p17 Acting Up! / p17 Lock Up Your Daughters Sat 28 Mar Get the Records On / p23 Filmmaking / p17 Glitch / p13 Locus of Points / p8 Sun 8 Mar Tue 17 Mar Acting Up! / p17 Romany Dear / p4 Universal Comedy / p18 Seeds of Thought Poetry / p19 Soft Chaos / p8 SBT: Writing for 8-12 Yrs / p18 I Am The Wheel / p17 Sun 29 Mar Wed 18 Mar Locus of Points / p8 Mon 9 Mar Return to Homs / p18 Indepen-dance / p16 Mon 30 Mar Scottish Screenwriters / p17 Thu 19 Mar Indepen-dance / p16 RCS: Evening of Scottish Glitch / p13 Stage to Page / p19 Music / p17 Music from the World TalkSeePhotography / p17 Tomorrow / p23 Tue 31 Mar Locus of Points / p8 Fri 20 Mar SBT: Publishing and Glitch / p13 Performing Poetry / p19 El Rancho / p23 The Strange Little Cat / p19 24
Wed 1 Apr Locus of Points / p8 Thu 2 Apr Locus of Points / p8 Counterflows / p15 Music from the World Tomorrow / p23 Fri 3 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8 Counterflows / p15 Infinity Pool / p23 Sat 4 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8 Counterflows / p15 Acting Up! / p17 Get the Records On / p23 Sun 5 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8 Mon 6 Apr Lock Up Your Daughters Filmmaking / p17 Tue 7 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8 Wed 8 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8 Gob Squad / p19 Thu 9 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8 CinemaAttic / p16 Gob Squad / p19 Music from the World Tomorrow / p23 Fri 10 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8
Sat 11 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Locus of Points / p8 Acting Up! / p17 Ceòl Mòr Ostaig / p19 Blue Sunshine / p23
Mon 20 Apr Indepen-dance / p16 Tue 21 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Seeds of Thought Writing / p17 The Coffee Opera / p21
Sun 12 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Wed 22 Apr Butoh Dance Workshop / p18 Circles of Focus / p6 The Moustache / p21 Mon 13 Apr Scottish Screenwriters / p17 Thu 23 Apr Radiophrenia / p20 Circles of Focus / p6 TalkSeePhotography / p20 The Garden is Our Wall / p8 Music from the Tue 14 Apr World Tomorrow / p23 Circles of Focus / p6 The Garden is Our Wall / p8 Fri 24 Apr Radiophrenia / p20 Circles of Focus / p6 SWC: Whose Voice is it El Abrazo Tango Club / p17 Anyway? / p20 Kris Drever & Boo Hewerdine / p21 Wed 15 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Sat 25 Apr Radiophrenia / p20 Circles of Focus / p6 Worldscreen: Palestine / p20 Acting Up! / p17 Seeds of Thought Poetry / p19 Thu 16 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Sun 26 Apr Radiophrenia / p20 Circles of Focus / p6 Music from the World Tomorrow / p23 Mon 27 Apr Indepen-dance / p16 Fri 17 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Tue 28 Apr Radiophrenia / p20 Circles of Focus / p6 El Rancho / p23 The Coffee Opera / p21 SWC Spring Speakeasy / p21 Sat 18 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Wed 29 Apr Acting Up! / p17 Circles of Focus / p6 Radiophrenia / p20 Super Africaine / p23 Thu 30 Apr Circles of Focus / p6 Sun 19 Apr The Garden is Our Wall / p8 Circles of Focus / p6 The Navigators / p21 Radiophrenia / p20 Beyond the Coral Sea / p21 Music from the World Tomorrow / p23
HIGH NORTH This is the first in a series of editorials where we’d like to tell you more about some of CCA’s activities. As this is the third and final year of High-North, our residency exchange with Tromsø in Norway, it seems appropriate to begin with a description of the work we’ve been engaged in there. The exchange was proposed by NABROAD, a Norwegian organisation based in the UK that aims to generate international collaborations and to help artists and arts organisations network across Norway. The idea was to select three Norwegian artists for five-month residencies in the UK – offering them joint facilities with CCA and Glasgow Sculpture Studios in Scotland and the Baltic in Gateshead. In parallel, three artists from Scotland and England would be chosen to take up residencies in Tromsø. The artists selected were: 2013: Arild Tveito & Aileen Campbell 2014: Kjærsti Andvig & Terry Smith 2015: Mai Hofstad Gunnes & Luke Fowler Tromsø is in the far north of Norway (it’s often called the ‘capital of the arctic circle’) and it has recently begun to raise its cultural profile. A new school of art was established there in recent years and its infrastructure of galleries and museums has been strengthened too. The landscape of the city is remarkable: Tromsø is the last large urban settlement before the arctic proper and there is a hint of pioneering in the air. In the summer it has ‘white nights’ when the sun never quite sets and the light is clear and granular. For most of the year though it experiences long dark days of blue light. This might seem an unlikely place for intense cultural activity but in fact Tromsø has several landmark events. Within its film festival it includes a very successful silent film series each year and the Verdensteatret is the oldest cinema building in Norway. Bands such as Röyksopp also hail from the area and there is a deep electronic scene in the city. Given its northern location, it’s also linked to Sami culture, and you quickly become aware of the continued importance of reindeer herds, Sami language, Yoik singers (check out Adjagas on YouTube and the singing of Lawra Somby or his father Ande). The presence of the Sami remind you that there are tensions in the far north at the moment – the rush for oil and gas, combined with the transformations of the landscape by climate change are creating problems for the older culture. The Sami have traditionally run their herds across the arctic region (the national boundaries of modern northern countries such as Norway, Sweden and Finland were not their borders). Today herding is protected but remains under threat from many sides. 26
Tromsø lives on the edge of the art world – a position Glasgow understands too. Creating art in the high north is something that presents challenges and, more frequently now, unique opportunities to address contemporary issues frankly and without the preconceptions that come with a long tradition of the avant-garde. For CCA/GSS and Baltic, the exchange represents a shift in our perception. It is easy in the UK to look south continually – weather maps and the media try to persuade us that we are part of a more temperate zone. The weather itself, and a good map, tell us that we are much further north and have just as much to gain from forging links with our peers in other northern countries. The art school in Glasgow has had a long history of students from Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland and the art community in the city still reflects that today. The High-North exchange builds more consciously on this existing network and allows us to refresh the links, finding out more about what is happening in those countries now. The length of the exchange has also had a significant impact on CCA. As we have a flat within the building for visiting artists, we are kept in touch with art making on a daily basis - distracting us from the bureaucracy that might otherwise consume us. With a five-month exchange you get to know the artists on a deeper level and their engagement with the city and the artistic community is also more profound. Arild Tveito and his family, for instance, decided to remain in Glasgow for a year after moving here for the residency. Now that we’re moving into the final year of this exchange project we will all begin to evaluate what we have learnt and hopefully share this experience more publicly. The challenge too lies in asking what is next in this enterprise and developing a longer pattern of cultural exchange within the high north. 27
‘the sun never quite sets and the light is clear and granular...’