Glasgow international 2018

20 April—
7 May

Curator Tour – South

Event
Tour

Join Tramway’s Senior Art Curator Claire Jackson on a tour of Tramway, taking in Mark Leckey’s Nobodaddy (co-commissioned and co-curated with Tramway); Kapwani Kiwanga’s Soft Measures; and Tai Shani’s Dark Continent: Semiramis, before exploring other exhibitions and venues in Glasgow’s Southside.

Free; Book via Eventbrite.

Fri 27 April, 2.30pm-4pm

Kapwani Kiwanga

Soft Measures

Director's Programme
Exhibition

The continent of Europe is moving towards Africa at the rate of approximately 2cm per year – eventually it will slide underneath entirely. Paris-based Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga takes this fact as a starting point for a new multi-faceted installation at Tramway. Through new sculptural works Kiwanga suggests speculative fictions that stretch through a perspective of deep geological time.

The placement of curtains will suggest the meeting of tectonic planes, whilst additional elements incorporating rocks and matter will further probe the thematic currents underlying the work. Kiwanga has conceived the exhibition as a narrative ordered in three acts occupying the space. In this way the artworks become protagonists that operate as tectonic plates, independent but moving along one another – pushing closer or pulling away.

The exhibition will be accompanied by discussions and events devised in collaboration with the artist, offering opportunities for visitors to further expand on the themes it raises.

Comissioned by Glasgow International.

Supported by Canada House, Institut Français’ Fluxus Programme, the Henry Moore Foundation, and Fyfe Glenrock.

Fri 20 Apr – Sun 17 June
Mon – Fri, 12-5pm
Sat & Sun, 12-6pm
Fri 20 Apr 12-6pm

 

Linda Stupart

Queer Futures; Queer Bodies with Linda Stupart

Event
Workshop

Linda Stupart will deliver a workshop for young people (14-20) exploring gender, bodies, post-patriarchy and trans* identities through science fiction tropes. In the workshop we will use radical text and image making to produce our own queer utopian stories.

Linda Stupart is an artist, writer and educator from Cape Town, South Africa. Their work deals with questions of intimacy, objectification and materialism from queer and feminist positions.

15 spaces available. Free; booking required. Book by emailing artmusiclearning@glasgowlife.org.uk or calling 0141 302 2810.

Sun 6 May, 12-5pm

Mark Leckey

Nobodaddy

Director's Programme
Exhibition

For his solo exhibition at Tramway, Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Leckey has taken as his starting point an 18th Century wooden figurine of Job held at the Wellcome Collection in London. Leckey has enlarged the object to human scale. This single forsaken biblical figure occupies alone the vast space of Tramway.

The title ‘Nobodaddy’ is taken from the poem by William Blake, a name that for Blake is a play on the idea of God the father of no one, but also the man with no body.  In Leckey’s sculpture this body is expanded and infiltrated by technology. Man’s limbs are hollowed out, the organs removed, and filled with speakers that give voice to his state. Opposite the sculpture a large video projection mirrors the figure as it is toggles through different scenarios.

The original figurine is deployed as a vessel for various attributed or shifting identities – initially thought to be a syphilitic man, but later attributed as a depiction of Job, here he is represented as a narcissistic ‘Thinker’ figure – part statue, part cyborg. A confluence of allegories and histories that in Leckey’s words has become “metalized, gauzified, vegetalized and petrified, a medieval gnostic gone septic, its body now merely a thing amongst things – the Spirit has departed the flesh.”

This exhibition is co-commissioned and co-curated by Glasgow International and Tramway. It has been made possible due to the generous support of the Henry Moore Foundation and the Wellcome Collection, London.

Limited editions of the image above are now available to buy from the GI Shop.

Fri 20 Apr – Sun 1st July
Mon – Fri, 12-5pm
Sat & Sun, 12-6pm
Fri 20 Apr 12-6pm

Professor Roderick Brown

Geology in the Gallery

Event
Talk

Join Professor Roderick Brown for a short talk elaborating on the geological science behind Kapwani Kiwanga’s exhibition: the movement of plates and the geology of Africa. Kapwani’s show is part of our Glasgow International 2018 programme.

Roderick Brown is Professor of Earth Sciences at University of Glasgow.

Booking required: artmusiclearning@glasgowlife.org.uk  or phone 0141 302 2810.

Thur 26 April, 5.30-6pm

Tai Shani

Dark Continent: SEMIRAMIS

Director's Programme
Exhibition
Performance

Tai Shani creates a large-scale immersive installation that also functions as a site for performance. The work is an experimental adaptation of Christine de Pizan’s 1405 proto-feminist text The Book of the City of Ladies.

Twelve performers play characters, including The Neanderthal Hermaphrodite, The Medieval Mystic, The Vampyre, Phantasmagoregasm, and Paradise to create a 12 part performance series, depicting an allegorical city of women, a space to imagine an alternative history which privileges, sensation, experience and interiority, undermining patriarchal conceptions of narrative history to propose a possible post-patriarchal future.

The performances will take place on the opening three days of the festival, with the sequences filmed and the documentation subsequently presented alongside the installation. Please see below for performance times.

Each episode focuses on one of the characters and is delivered through prose monologues which are violent, erotic and filled with fantastical images that re-imagine a world complete with interlinked cosmologies, myth and histories.

Drawing on multiple reference points including feminist science fiction, post-modern architecture, and feminist and queer theory, this is Shani’s most ambitious and multi-layered work to date and includes an original score by ‘Let’s Eat Grandma’.

Co-commissioned by Glasgow International and The Tetley, Leeds. Supported by Arts Council England.

Exhibition
Fri 20 Apr – Mon 7 May
Mon – Fri, 12-5pm
Sat & Sun, 12-6pm
Fri 20 Apr 12-6pm

Performances
Thur 19 April1.30pm; 3.30pm
Fri 20 April12.30pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm; 7.30pm
Sat 21 April12.30pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm
Sun 22 April12.30pm; 2.30pm*; 4.30pm*

*These performances will have BSL interpretation

Performances will start at the times listed above – no late comers will be permitted.

Duration: 45 minutes.

Free, no booking required.

*Please note these performances contain extreme and adult content

Tai Shani

Dark Continent: SEMIRAMIS - Performances

Event
Performance

Live performances as part of Tai Shani’s Dark Continent: SEMIRAMIS exhibition will take place over the first few days of the festival, starting on Thursday 19 April.

The performances will be filmed and the documentation subsequently presented alongside the installation. Please see below for performance times.

Performance times
Thur 19 April1.30pm-3.30pm
Fri 20 April12.30pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm; 7.30pm
Sat 21 April12.30pm; 2.30pm; 4.30pm
Sun 22 April12.30pm; 2.30pm*; 4.30pm*

*These performances will have BSL interpretation

Performances will start at the times listed above – no late comers will be permitted.

Duration: 45 minutes.

Free, no booking required.

*Please note these performances contain extreme and adult content

Tryout – Family Weekend: Glasgow International

Event
Workshop

Tryout is a creative drop-in space for all, specially designed around our summer exhibitions.

Tramway’s regular TRYOUT extends over two days to explore the themes running across all three of Tramway’s Glasgow International 2018 exhibitions. Combining imagery from early civilizations and contemporary digital culture, the weekend invites you to imagine an alternative future civilization.

These sessions offer the opportunity to gain an Arts Award Discover certificate for anyone aged up to 25.

What’s on Saturday

Head to Tramway for a drop-in workshop led by artist Tom Krasny, whose work is currently installed in the Laurieston Arches as part of GI. Use laser-cut foam building blocks to create small, flat or three-dimensional pixelated-mosaic images. These could be of a fictional character, objects or artefacts like masks or ornaments, inspired by the GI exhibitions.

What’s on Sunday

Join artist Szymon Kula for a monoprinting workshop. Printed digital images, including documentation of Tramway’s exhibitions, will be cut out and rearranged, and layered over transparent film, to form the guideline of your own individual monoprint.

Arts Award Discover (Both days)

Upper foyer

Arts Award Discover is an introductory award certified by Trinity College London. This weekend, anyone from 5-25 is invited to explore Tramway’s Glasgow International exhibitions and workshops, fill in an Arts Log, and return it to the Arts Award desk by 3.30pm.

Tramway will take your contact details and advise you when your certificate is ready to collect.

Please note: studio capacity is limited, and entry for the drop-in workshops is first-come, first-served. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

28 & 29 April, 12-4pm

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