Events & performances

D. Graham Burnett (co-chair); Francis McKee (co-chair); ESTAR(SER) collective; Joanna Fiduccia; Katherine MacBride; Hermione Spriggs
Vigils and Vigilance: Attention, Duration, Subjectivity
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD
30 Apr — 30 Apr 2020
Thu 30 April 3pm – 6pm
This exhibition was due to take place during Glasgow International 2020, 23 April – 10 May, which has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The festival will be re-staged in 2021 with dates to be announced.

Vigils and Vigilance is a day-long symposium at CCA. Featuring talks and discussion with artists and writers, as well as a performance lecture and participatory workshop, the symposium delves into multiple concepts of attention.

The programme has been influenced by pioneering Scottish physiologist, Norman H. Mackworth, who created the first apparatus for measuring vigilance in the 1940s. Originally developed as part of wartime research into radar observers, Mackworth’s technical study of the capacity of subjects to ‘pay attention’ has profoundly affected modern understanding of subjectivity. By contract, as a critique of the toxic conditions of late capitalism, the symposium also foregrounds the spiritual and memorial power of the vigil, which has traditionally linked attention to waiting and time.

Supported by Glasgow International