Glasgow International

Anneke Kampman and Katherine MacBride

A public library of and for listening


An informal listening and recording space where a range of experiences and encounters can take place, the library houses artworks from invited guests, a well as other materials from various times and places that together create a bank of different forms of knowledge around listening.

With contributions from Amelia Bywater and Rebecca Wilcox, Ash Reid and Liene Rozite, Claudia Firth and Lucia Farinati, Eothen Stearn, Lila Matsumoto, madewithmaud, Marie Thompson, Mark Briggs, Rachel Aggs, Calum Stirling and Rob Kennedy, Rob Kennedy and Jess Worrall, and others.

Visitors are welcome to come by for a chat with the artists and to interact with these works at any time. The space will be activated further by a programme of events for listeners of all ages.

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With thanks to the Hope Scott Trust, Van Eyck Academie, the Mitchell Library, and all who are lending equipment.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Thu, 12 noon-8pm
Fri & Sat, 12 noon-5pm

Accessible – please note that wheelchair access is via Granville Street entrance.

Douglas Morland

For Matthew


The Hidden Noise presents an ambitious new film installation and performance programme by Douglas Morland inspired by events surrounding the death of colliery worker Matthew Clydesdale in 1818. Hanged for murder, surgeons attempted to resuscitate his body using primitive electrical apparatus. The story has become part of Glasgow’s medical folklore, raising questions about the power, veracity, legibility and erasure of historical voices.

The artist and curator have collaborated on an events programme to be interspersed throughout the exhibition.

Supported by The Hope Scott Trust.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Thu & Sat 12 noon-6pm
Fri 12 noon-8pm
Sun 12 noon-5pm

Partially accessible

Dr Elsa Richardson, Conal McStravick, and Shireen Taylor

Exquisite Corpse Roundtable Event


Developed in collaboration with Learning in a Public Medium, this event, chaired by Dr Elsa Richardson, will discuss the themes in Douglas Morland’s new film installation, For Matthew, exploring the competing journalistic, legal, medical and criminal discourses concerning the body at the time and in the present day. The event will take the opportunity to discuss these themes through alternative source material, particularly exploring how artists have established critical modes of reinstrumentalising discourses of the body in response to the women’s movement, the AIDS crisis and LGBTQIA rights.

Conal McStravick – ‘Archives Untitled: Staging the body and sense experience as resistance in the queer, feminist and AIDS activist archive.’

Shireen Taylor – ‘A Possibly Fictional Account of a Negotiation Gone Wrong’.

Tues 1 May, 6-8pm

Eothen Stearn and Mark Briggs

The Listening I Speaks With Care


A pair of performances from Eo and Mark, two artists working with intimacy, note taking, everyday ephemeral experience, exploding multiple voices and more…

All welcome.

Free, no booking required.

Please note that the Mitchell Library is closed on Sundays. These performances will take place outdoors. Please meet at the Granville Street entrance to the library and dress accordingly for the weather. There will be no toilets available.

Sun 22nd April, 2.30pm

Partially accessible.


Glasgow International 2018 Cycle Tour (Sunday)


This guided cycle tour around selected exhibitions will follow themes present in the festival programme and the city itself; environment, changing urban landscapes, and continuous regeneration. As well as being a green way to see Glasgow, getting to know its cycle routes and some of the festival’s more hidden venues, the tour will explore the past, present and possible futures of the spaces we live in.

The tour is approximately 2 ½ hours long, starting from Transmission Gallery. Cycle paths will be used as much as possible but please be aware that the route involves a small amount of on-road cycling.

Nextbike has bicycles across Glasgow, to hire for for £1 per half hour. More information at the official Nextbike website.

For those interested in a longer ride, there is also the option to start at Govan subway station at 1pm. Please indicate in your registration if you would like to start the tour from here.

Free, booking required. Book via Eventbrite.

Sun 6 May, 2pm-4.30pm

Kate Briggs, Joseph Buckley, Francis McKee, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Sarah Tripp, Nina Wakeford and Brighton Upton-Trust

Invitations to Forms


An exhibition and seminar series examining ‘form’ in the narrative arts, based around materials curated by five writers and artists.

Visitors are invited to use the space at the Poetry Library at the Mitchell Library as a research centre, and attend seminars by the contributors, each of which will help compile a new vocabulary for exploring ‘the formal’ when approaching the narrative arts of the screen, stage and page.

Supported by Glasgow International, The Glasgow School of Art, the Piet Zwart Institute and The Mitchell Library

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Thu, 9am-8pm
Fri – Sat, 9am-5pm

Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth

Listening in Solidarity, Listening in Disagreement


Taking their recent book The Force of Listening as a starting point, Lucia Farinati and Claudia Firth will facilitate a workshop exploring how listening can contribute to forms of solidarity and what it might mean to listen in disagreement. At a time when opinions appear to be polarising and media can easily create echo chambers in which people hear only what they agree with, these questions seem crucial for processes of social transformation. Working with participants, their experiences, backgrounds and opinions, as well as the environment of the library, the workshop will touch on these issues and ask if perhaps solidarity and disagreement do not have to be completely opposing or separate. All welcome.

Free, booking required. Please email to book.

Fri 4 May, 2-5pm

Fully accessible, including parking and accessible toilets.

Marie Thompson

Noise, mediation, reproduction


Noise is a phenomenon that has fascinated artists and theorists alike. Its ethical and political affordances have made it an attractive metaphor for struggle, refusal and transformation; while its myriad of associated sonic effects have been central to much twentieth- and twenty-first century creative practice.

In this workshop, we will map the notion of noise and its connections with two related concepts: mediation and reproduction. We will consider what alternative histories, practices and politics these relationships reveal and the implications they hold for understanding sonic aesthetics and technics. Furthermore, we will explore how noise, mediation and reproduction shape and are shaped by histories of femininity and feminized labour, asking how and what the relationships between noise, mediation and reproduction reveal about the gendered and materialist politics of sound.

Marie Thompson is a researcher and educator based in Nottingham, UK. Her work examines the affective, material and gendered dimensions of sound, noise and music. Marie teaches in the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media. She is the author of Beyond Unwanted Sound: Noise, Affect and Aesthetic Moralism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and co-editor of Sound, Music, Affect: Theorizing Sonic Experience (Bloomsbury, 2013). Her current work includes Sonic Cyberfeminisms, an on-going collaborative project with Annie Goh that critically interrogates the relationship between gender, technology and sound. She is also developing research around the relationship between sonic and social reproduction.

All welcome.

Free, booking required. Please email to book and to discuss any access requirements.


Sat 5 May, 2-5pm

Fully accessible, including parking and accessible toilets. Please note that wheelchair access is via Granville Street entrance.

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