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Event: Towards a Collection of Artists’ Moving Image in Scotland

Posted on June 20th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Tuesday 25 July, 6-9pm
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Galleries of Scotland, Weston Link, The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL (Please enter through the back door of the Royal Scottish Academy Building)
Free, ticketed via Eventbrite

Following the launch of the LUX Scotland Collection project in Glasgow in January 2017, this event continues a series of public dialogues around the establishment of a new distribution collection of artists’ moving image based in Scotland.

The LUX Scotland Collection is intended as a public resource to map and consolidate a lineage of moving image culture in Scotland; to make this work publicly accessible through distribution; and to enhance the national and international profile of this work through exhibition, touring, research and publishing. LUX Scotland is developing the collection as an open research project, working in consultation with the arts community across Scotland on the question of what it means to build such a collection and what it might comprise.

This event will analyse how artists’ moving image has been collected in Scotland, excavating the reasons and motivations behind decisions made around the development of public collections. Through a series of presentations tracing the processes, aspirations and issues that institutions face as a moving image work passes through its doors and into its collection, the event will aim to address some of the following questions:

How does a collection come into being?

What does it mean to bring works together in a collection?

Why should artists’ moving image works be collected?

How are acquisitions and curatorial research financed and supported?

Who decides what to acquire and how are these parameters defined?

How does a moving image collection sit within the context of the broader museum collection?

What are the particular challenges faced in documenting, caring for and ensuring the longevity of artists’ moving image works?

How does the growing complexity of digital technology and its lack of fixed materiality create risks for preservation?

What considerations need to be taken into account in the lending and exhibition of artists’ moving image?

How can museums’ standard loan practices better accommodate the specific needs of moving image works?

Each presentation will provide an in-depth focus on one aspect of the collection process – from funding and strategy, to acquisition, preservation and exhibition – followed by a panel discussion. Speakers include Brian Castriota (time-based media conservator and doctoral candidate, University of Glasgow), Will Cooper (Curator of Contemporary Art, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow), Julie-Ann Delaney (Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art), Robert Dingle (Contemporary Projects Manager, Art Fund), Rachel Maclean (Artist, Scotland + Venice 2017, British Art Show 8), and Kirstie Skinner (Director, Outset Scotland and editor and lead researcher, Collecting Contemporary: Curating Art Collections in Scotland).

Image: Hito Steyerl, Abstract, 2012, Two channel HD video with Sound, 7.30 mins. Presented to GoMA by the Contemporary Art Society through the Collections Fund, 2016. Image courtesy of the Artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

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Event: Towards a Collection of Artists’ Moving Image in Scotland

Posted on April 14th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Screening Programme and Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday 3 May, 5 – 8.15pm
Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts
Free, booking required via Eventbrite

Following the launch of the LUX Scotland Collection project in Glasgow in January 2017, this event continues a series of public dialogues around the establishment of a new distribution collection of artists’ moving image based in Scotland.

The aim of the LUX Scotland Collection project is to make artists’ moving image work publicly accessible on both a national and international level, and to explore how such a collection might function as a means of consolidating a lineage or tradition of moving image culture in Scotland. We are keen to develop the collection as an open research project, working in consultation with the arts community across Scotland on the question of what such a collection could comprise.

This event in Dundee will comprise Five Propositions, a screening programme for which we have invited five individuals working in different capacities across the arts and film sectors in Scotland to present and introduce a personal proposition for the collection. The programme will bring together works selected by the following contributors: Jacqueline Donachie (artist), Stephen Partridge (artist and Associate Dean of Research, DJCAD), Hari MacMillan (artist and committee member, GENERATORProjects), Laura Simpson (Programme Manager, Hospitalfield) and Pernille Spence (artist and lecturer & researcher in Time Based Art & Digital Film, DJCAD).

A roundtable discussion will follow, exploring the lineages of moving image practice and research that have come out of Dundee, as well as considering how the LUX Scotland collection might seek to encompass or acknowledge these histories and discourses. Beyond reflecting on the impact that new media and technologies have had on cultural production, invited speakers will also discuss the implications that digitisation has had (and continues to have) on questions around archiving, distribution and accessibility.

Speakers include Gair Dunlop (artist and Course Director in Time Based Art & Digital Film, DJCAD), Donna Holford-Lovell (Director, Fleet Collective and co-curator and trustee, NeON Digital Arts), Adam Lockhart (Archivist, Visual Research Centre, DJCAD) and Gayle Meikle (artist and curator). The roundtable discussion will be chaired by Luke Collins (artist and former Deputy Director at LUX Scotland).

With thanks to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

Installation shot: Forest is …, Kyra Clegg & Su Grierson, 2015. Courtesy of the artists.

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Event: Towards a Scottish Collection of Artists’ Moving Image

Posted on January 6th, 2017 by LUX Scotland

Panel Discussion & Screening Programme
Friday 13 January, 2 – 5.30pm
CCA Theatre, Glasgow
Free, booking required via Eventbrite

What does it mean to build a Scottish collection of artists’ moving image? What should such a collection comprise and what functions should it fulfil?

LUX Scotland hosts the first in a series of events around the establishment of its new distribution collection of Scottish artists’ moving image work. The intention for this project is not only to promote and make this work publicly accessible on both a national and international level, but also to explore how such a collection might function as a way of consolidating a history or tradition of moving image culture in Scotland. 

LUX Scotland’s collection building process is conceived as an open research project, working in consultation with the arts community across Scotland over the next few years. Through these public discussions, we hope to open out some of the questions around what it means to establish such a collection and what should be included, as well as acknowledge some of the precedents for collection building that already exist within Scotland. We will also address issues such as the problematics of defining a collection by national or geographic borders; questions around archiving, distribution and accessibility; and criteria for inclusion and exclusion.

These questions will be explored in a panel discussion chaired by writer and academic researcher, Sarah Neely (University of Stirling). The panel will include: Julie-Ann Delaney (Curator, Scottish National Galleries of Modern Art), William Fowler (Curator of Artists’ Moving Image, BFI National Archive), Nosheen Khwaja (Co-founder, Chair & Artistic Director, GLITCH Film Festival), Adam Lockhart (Archivist, Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) and Francis McKee (Director, CCA Glasgow).

The discussion will be followed by a screening programme entitled Five Propositions, for which we have invited five people working in different roles within the Scottish arts sector to make a personal proposition for a work that should be included in the collection. The screening programme will bring together introductions and film selections from the following contributors: Anne-Marie Copestake (Artist), Alexander Hetherington (Artist, curator and writer), Moira Jeffrey (Writer), Dr Sarah Smith (Head of Art Context and Theory, Glasgow School of Art), Alexander Storey-Gordon (Artist)

Still: Rosalind Nashashibi / Lucy Skaer, Flash in the Metropolitan, 2006. Courtesy of the artists and LUX.

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