Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Translating Russian and Eastern European Cultures

Translating Russian & East European Cultures*
CCA, Glasgow, 28-29 September, 2012

Friday 28 September 2012

Cinema Space
1100-1700 Cinema screening, Intermediality of image and politics:  Major retrospective of video work by Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid (curated by Katarzyna Kosmala)

Theatre Space
1300-1400 Marina Grzinic lecture, Micro-economies of artistic production and its politics in CEE, both under Communism and in contemporary reality of neo-liberalism and capitalist globalisation of the ‘former East’

1415-1500 Elena Isaeva & Catrin Webster, Talk to accompany the 1000 Colour Blue exhibit

15.10-1530 – 1000 Colours Blue Film – A short film of hues and voices, of the premier performance of the 1000 Blues collected from the sea-landscape of Swansea, and sung by a choir that translated the colours into sound, intertwining Classical elements with Mongolian Overtone themes. Part of the AHRC Beyond Text project Future Memory in Place

1545 - 1715 Brendan Jackson & Graham Jeffery, Approaches to community engagement through art

1745 – 1845 Welsh-Estonian music collaboration SILD

1900 drinks reception CCA foyer

Club Room

1100-1600 – BASEES Postgraduate Workshop, Intersectionality in the study of Central and East Europe 

Saturday 29 September 2012

Cinema Space

1100-1800 Cinema screening, Intermediality of image and politics:  Major retrospective of video work by Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid (curated by Katarzyna Kosmala)

1200-1300 Katarzyna Kosmala, Marina Grzinic & Ryszard Kluszczynski in conversation. Intermediality and political changes across Europe of today

All events are free but spaces are limited, if you would like to attend any of the events email your details to Prof. Katarzyna Kosmala ( & Jon Oldfield (

*Translating Russian and East European Cultures is a Research Networking initiative funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. See the following website for more details:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Northern Perspectives: Arctic Arts Education and Arts-Based Research Methods

Presenters: Professors Timo Jokela and Glen Coutts, University of Lapland
Discussants: Chris Fremantle (Eco-Art Scotland/PAR+RS) and Alison Bell (artist/doctoral researcher, UWS)
Convenors: Diarmuid McAuliffe and Graham Jeffery, UWS
Date: Saturday 22nd September 2012
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: GoMA Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
If you wish to attend this free public seminar please register your interest with diarmuid.mcauliffe [at] Places are limited. 

Monday, 20 August 2012

ATLAS Talking Art Series: Chris Dooks

Saturday 1 September 2012
2.00 – 3.00 PM
Tigh-na-Sgire, Park Lane, Portree, Isle of Skye


Chris Dooks is a Scotland-based audiovisual artist and doctoral researcher at UWS.  He is also a composer of electronic music and sound art. His recent work includes Moons or These Knots are Not Knots, an installation commissioned by Ayr Renaissance, for Ayr Open Doors Weekend 2011. Visitors to an isolated room in the former poor house, Holmston House, were presented with a Victorian chest of drawers on top of which the word “MOONS” was balanced. Chris has created an audio track to accompany the work and states “It is especially suitable for the chronically ill and incarcerated and was written for them…”

Dooks’s other work includes the Exhibition at Timespan, in Sutherland, Scotland. In 2008, Timespan selected Dooks for an artist’s residency focusing on the Helmsdale Icehouse. Dooks's project comprised several pieces of work including a live sound performance, an exhibition and a net label to promote recordings made in or around the Helmsdale Icehouse.

Dooks worked in television as a director of arts programmes until 1998, when he fell ill. On his web site, he describes the “intense learning curve” of coping with chronic ill health and his return to his training as a photographer: “Over the following decade, I developed a successful art practice sympathetic to my new life which has been the foundation for academic enquiry since 2010. My forthcoming PhD deals with creative strategies regarding the illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or M.E, asking how such an art practice may serve to offset or augment the relationship between the cultural practitioner and the illness.”

Emma Nicolson, ATLAS, director commented: “This is an artist who has faced considerable challenge after embarking on an exciting career in the media producing programmes for such as ‘the South Bank Show’. Illnesses of this kind can undermine our belief in our ability to succeed in having a worthwhile life and achieve our ambitions. Chris is a truly imaginative artist whose work crosses many areas of interest; film, music, mapping, and photography and who more than a decade on Chris Dooks reminds us what can be achieved.”

ATLAS is an arts organisation working “without walls.” We are keen to offer our audiences insight in to the work of creative practitioners. This is an exciting opportunity for the public to come along and hear about the many ways in which artworks come into being.