Glasgow International 2020

The Faceless Enemy of Me, Sits in the Squares

Bobby Sayers

Event
Performance

Set on the site where a former council block was demolished, Bobby Sayers’ short play ‘The Faceless Enemy of Me, Sits in the Squares’ brings to life the banalities of the process of community land ownership. Sayers uses actors and musicians to conjure the journey of one person who leads the fight to claim multiple disused properties in Glasgow. Taking performance art as a starting point, ‘The Faceless Enemy of Me, Sits in the Squares’ uses poetry and physical theatre to explore the emotional and physical effects that processes such as compulsory purchase orders and community buyouts have on those involved. The piece discusses the hidden knowledge contained within social and political hierarchies, the struggles and structures of societies, and the roles communities have in their futures.

Free, no booking required.

Sunday 29th April, 3-4pm

Elizabeth Hudson, Tim Sandys and Bobby Sayers

Tilting at Windmills

Exhibition

Bobby Sayers, Elizabeth Hudson and Tim Sandys are Glasgow-based artists working in the field of sculpture who share an interest in the public realm. Tilting at Windmills — a title taken from a novel by Miguel de Cervantes about a man who believes he is a knight — is an oblique reflection on the stories a city tells, from the official to the subversive. The artists’ works slip between voices of authority, community and anarchy, extending the present situation back to the medieval tussles where it all began.

This project, a playful combination of sculpture, installation and live performance, is aimed at children as well as all adults. It shares the hidden knowledge held by the powers that be, but also by the people who live and work in the city, through a play that deals with Community Purchase Orders and sculptural pieces that explore the transmission of city branding. Viewers can even take part in the closing event, a quasi-officious anarchic trolley joust — or tilt.

Tilting at Windmills is supported by Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces and is part of the ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions and events that WAVEparticle facilitates as part of the award-winning Laurieston Art Strategy: Open Spaces.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Open 24 hours

Elizabeth Hudson, Tim Sandys and Bobby Sayers

Tilting at Windmills

Event

This May Day, in the revolutionary tradition of the maypole and May Day riots, you are invited to compete in Glasgow’s official shopping trolley joust. Part folk custom, part placemaking exercise, this is a subversive celebration of the city’s brand identity that makes space for the unruly amongst the stage managed.

Props provided by artist Elizabeth Hudson,

This event is programmed as part of Glasgow International 2018 project Tilting at Windmills, which considers the symbiotic relationship between authorities and grassroots activity in the identity of a place. Other events in this project include the play ‘The Faceless Enemy of Me, Sits in the Squares’ in Laurieston Arena and panel discussion ‘Brand Glasgow’ at CCA Glasgow.

The project is supported by Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces and is part of the ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions and events that WAVEparticle facilitates as part of the award-winning Laurieston Art Strategy: Open Spaces.

All invited to participate; free, no booking required.

Mon 7 May, 3pm

Elizabeth Hudson

May Day Trolley Joust

Event

In the revolutionary tradition of the maypole and May Day riots, the public are invited to gather this bank holiday Monday for a subversive celebration. The May Day Trolley Joust slips between sanitised family-friendly entertainment and the low-level anarchy of late-night teenage hijinks, via city branding initiatives and folk customs.

Props provided by artist Elizabeth Hudson.

All invited to participate; free, no booking required.

Monday 7th May, 3-4pm

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