Bilocations: Ross Birrell and Adam Szymczyk in conversation
‘Not just mental transportation,… but actual, physical – ’
Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day (2006)
In the context of Ross Birrell’s concurrent solo exhibitions, Criollo, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (7 Apr – 9 Jun) and The Transit of Hermes, CCA (19 Apr – 3 Jun), part of Glasgow International – exhibitions based upon works originally commissioned for documenta 14 (2017) – the artist will be in conversation with Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of documenta 14. Taking its title from the third chapter of Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day, Bilocations will explore the structure of the works commissioned for documenta 14, Birrell’s ongoing Envoy series, and film and music projects developed with artist, David Harding, many of which were also commissioned by Szymczyk. The talk will address the overlapping territories of artist and curator, theory and practice, aesthetics and politics, past and present, and the bilocated structure of documenta 14 itself, hosted for the first time in full across two cities: Athens and Kassel.
Ross Birrell has exhibited in documenta 14, MAXXI, Rome, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Swiss Institute in Rome, Rothko Chapel, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, BAWAG Foundation, Kunsthalle Basel, Fries Museum, Apex Art, New York, Tramway, 4th Gwangju Biennale. Publications include An Envoy Reader (LemonMelon, 2014) and You Like This Garden?… (Portikus, 2014). Birrell often works in collaboration with David Harding and their exhibitions include: Winter Line, Kunsthalle Basel (2014), Where Language Ends, Talbot Rice Gallery (2015), You Like This Garden? Ross Birrell/David Harding, and Douglas Gordon (Portikus, 2014). They conceived Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, a concert commissioned for the opening of documenta 14, with the Athens State Orchestra and Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra, Megaron Concert Hall, Athens. He is represented by Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam.
Curator and art critic Adam Szymczyk is the Artistic Director of documenta 14, which took place in Athens and Kassel in 2017. Szymczyk was Director and Chief Curator of Kunsthalle Basel from 2003 until 2014 and, during his tenure at the Kunsthalle, co-curator (with Elena Filipovic) of the 5th Berlin Biennale, under the title When Things Cast No Shadow. He also curated exhibitions Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession) at the Swiss Institute in Rome and Kunsthalle Basel (with Salvatore Lacagnina, 2010) and Olinka, or Where Movement Is Created at Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2012) . Szymczyk studied Art History at Warsaw University and completed the Curatorial Programme of De Appel, Amsterdam in 1996. In 1997 he co-founded Fundacja Galerii Foksal (Foksal Gallery Foundation) in Warsaw. In 2011, Szymczyk was recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement at the Menil Foundation in Houston (TX).
Supported by The Glasgow School of Art and CCA, Glasgow.
For all ages.
Free, booking required. Book via Eventbrite.
Sat 21 April, 11am-12.30pm
Cellular World Panel Discussion
Dr. Andrea Phillips chairs a panel discussion with GI Director Richard Parry and artists Jesse Darling, Cécile B. Evans, Kapwani Kiwanga, Mark Leckey and Gary Zhexi Zhang discussing themes prevalent across GI 2018 – including questions of identity at a time of prolific social change; how we are represented and how we represent ourselves online; and utopian and dystopian visions of the future.
Supported by Glasgow School of Art.
Free, booking required. Book via Eventbrite.
Fri 20 April, 12 noon-1.30pm
Susanne Nørregård Nielsen
Pencil to Paper
In this playful interdisciplinary work Nielsen responds to Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s (1889-1943) text ‘Remarks on Teaching Decorative Design’ (1922) for a series of drawings on paper.
For the first 15 years of Taeuber-Arp’s career she taught Design and Embroidery at The Zurich School of Art and Craft, and in this text she shows how to develop textile design. A rare insight into her creativity method, it is translated into English for the first time by Nielsen. Taeuber-Arp saw applied and fine art as equals, despite the art world relegating textiles, a ‘feminine’ form of craft, to the sidelines.
Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun: 10am-5pm
War of the Corners
This new solo commission of audio-visual and sculptural works by Glasgow-based Torsten Lauschmann takes its title from a war of words that broke out in 18th century Paris when an elitist French opera had to make way for a sudden wave of populist Italian opera.
At a time when populist and nationalist vocabularies have again re-surfaced, Lauschmann creates a series of ambitious new works which interact with and reframe referents and resources from high and low culture, thus drawing together abstraction, humour, politics and art.
Supported by Glasgow International, The Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College.
Tue 17 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sun, 10am-5pm