Leontios Toumpouris
Palimpsest of voices
GI online
11 Jun — 31 Jul 2021

Palimpsest of voices is a participatory project developed and led by Leontios Toumpouris for Glasgow International 2021. It explores the fragility and mutability of language by employing making as a collective learning process, beyond words and shared backgrounds.

Through a series of workshops at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Leontios worked with the extended community of Oakgrove Primary School including over 130 pupils, families and staff. Together they produced bisque-fired ceramic pieces and invented the characters of a fictional language, following a method that the artist has developed and employed in his practice over the last few years.

Reflecting on limitations as opportunities for further development and examining potentials of experiencing the project, Palimpsest of voices is presented in perpetual reconfiguration to suggest a mutable instance of online entanglement.


In partnership with Oakgrove Primary School, Queens Cross Housing Association, Glasgow Sculpture Studios

Supported by Creative Scotland, Cyprus High Commision – Cultural Section, Glasgow Connected Arts Network, Glasgow International, Matrix AI

Produced by Alex Misick, website by Rectangle Studio, 3D visualisations by Mark Boyle, Maria Leonidou

Palimpsest of voices is accompanied by a commissioned text by Kirsty Hendry, a podcast with Leontios Toumpouris, Kirsty Hendry and Alex Misick, two limited edition screen prints and a review by Andrés Valtierra.

Digital Exhibition online from 11 June

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