Past Glasgow Event: VOL 28

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VOL 28

July 06, 2016
@ The Whisky Bond

Test Unit is an art, design and architecture summer school and events programme.

In parallel to the week-long intensive summer school we have an evening events programme that will question how our cities are designed and developed.

PECHA KUCHA 28 - Art, Design, Architecture & The City is a fast-paced evening of talks from influencers and instigators on the theme of alternative approaches to city development. We'll be hearing from those enriching our cities and experimenting with new techniques and partnerships that are pushing at the boundaries of urban development. From artists, developers, architects and designers we'll glean insight into new perspectives of how we can challenge and break the current process of how, and by whom, our cities are made.

We'll also be hearing a mid-point update from the 4 groups taking part in the Test Unit Summer School.

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Art and Energy

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

Chris Fremantle is a Researcher and Producer. He is teaching a day a week at Gray’s School of Art working on Design, Innovation and Leadership. As a Producer he works on public art – he also worked on the art installed in the new Southern General. Tonight he is here to talk about Art and Energy and in particular the Land Art Generator Initiative and the project they are doing in Glasgow. He is going to provide a bit of background on his own Art and Energy story, and why he thought it was important to bring the Land Art Generator Initiative to Scotland and what they have been doing in Glasgow. He created ecoartscotland about 6 years ago with the aim of connecting what’s going on all over the world with what’s happening in Scotland. 

ecoartscotland is a blog, projects and a mobile library.

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Reimagining Urban Places

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

How can underused city spaces be used to bring together community and reimagine their potential? 

HERE+NOW will be talking about how we can use our urban spaces more productively, illustrated with examples from their Space To Sit community build event, Hold Me Dear outdoor community photography exhibition and Wasteland Collective interventions and research.

A Landscape Architect passionate about making places better, Liz Thomas co-founded HERE+NOW in 2014 to put people back at the heart of design for the built environment. HERE+NOW is an Edinburgh-based landscape architecture studio that specialises in co-design. Integrating community engagement, prototyping, events and exhibitions from the very start of the design process, HERE+NOW work with local people to reimagine their local places through both longer term design outcomes and more temporary interventions.


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Growing Tasty Futures

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

Andthen is a design led futures research studio, interested in how changing values, and social shifts will influence the immaterial and material designed environment. Growing Tasty Futures is an ongoing series of workshops produced in collaboration with Odd Studio and The University of Glasgow. Running the workshops with urban growers, academics and policy makers, they aim to engender a discussion around the role of Urban Growing in future local food networks, help participants visualise future scenarios and help define strategies for realising the created futures.

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Progress and Illusion

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

Is progress just an illusion to cover reality? Sarah Strang explains how Civic Room is committed to exploring new identities and perspectives of the communities we inhabit through visual art and its relationship to the built urban environment. Going beyond current modes of practice and professional borders that neatly place, fix and locate artists, architects, planners, developers and councils – what does it look like to disrupt hierarchies in visual art, development and regeneration? 

To ask questions through visual art about the society and place we want to live in. To ask emerging and international artists to dwell in High Street, Glasgow an area of shifting communities, economies and cultures as open ended as its crossroads, as historic as the memory of Glasgow’s first university and as tired as the recently built Aldi.

Going beyond its locale, Civic Room seeks to discover and uncover how our narrative of progress is created, learning from the stranger.

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Art in Public Space with Insitu

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

Neil Butler is Artistic Director of UZ Arts. He co-founded Insitu, the pan European network of producers creating cross border cross art form art. His presentation explores how artists in Europe are working with the public to imagine and deliver art in public space.

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Testing Rebar’s PARK[ing] Day initiative at DJCAD Dundee

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

Andy Milligan is a spatial researcher and educator at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee. He leads the Interior Environmental Design programme, and, since 2013, has used Rebar’s improvisational PARK[ing] Day initiative as a platform to introduce design students to collective creative action and urban interventions at a local / global scale.


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The Power of Paper

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

“I started to fold the paper boat and somehow I travelled around the world.”

In The Power of Paper from PechaKucha Night Glasgow Vol. 28 Frank Bölter talks about his practice as an artist working with paper as a material to build boats and houses.

He began using his work to challenge expectations both inside and outside the academic art world while a student at the Münster Academy of Art from 1998 to 2003. Boelter’s projects are distinguished equally by their powerful poetic imagery and by the precision of their execution, often carried out under the difficult conditions of the public sphere and galvanising the public into action.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 25th, 2017. 

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Constructing the Invisible

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

Kate Darby is an architect. She practices as KDA and is an Invisible Studio collaborator. She runs an MArch design unit at the Welsh school of architecture, is a studio tutor on the Design and Make MArch for the Architectural Association in Hooke Park and is co-founder of the annual making workshop, Studio in the Woods. She will be arguing for the importance of context and making in regeneration as illustrated by two projects she has designed: a landscape proposal which curates the public experience of a post quarrying landscape and an architectural studio in Herefordshire.


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Cul de Sacs to Bureaucrats - Tales from a Socially Engaged Practice

@ VOL 28 ON JUL 06, 2016

"This is an intensive community engagement... learning people, stories, politics."

In Cul de Sacs to Bureaucrats - Tales from a Socially Engaged Practice from PechaKucha Night Glasgow Vol.28Rebecca Davies embedded participatory practice manifests in illustration, performance and event that centres on themes of people and place. Her project, which is called  "The Oasis Social Club", was selected to represent London during the Mons Capital of Culture 2015 and has just completed a tour of Stoke On Trent, Preston and Hull. In this presentation, she will be talking about her projects and the ethics of these processes. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016. 

Landscape Architects specialising in co-design, HERE+NOW in EDINBURGH
Neil Butler
in Glasgow
Chris Fremantle
Independent Researcher and Producer in Glasgow
Sarah Strang
in Glasgow
Andy Milligan
Course Director Interiors / Academic / Researcher, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design; University of Dundee in Dundee