New Artist Selected Titles for the LUX Scotland Collection at Glasgow School of Art Library

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The LUX Scotland Collection at Glasgow School of Art Library is the first dedicated library for artists’ moving image in Scotland. The library aims to enable GSA students, library members and members of the SUPERLUX community to gain access to a breadth of resources around moving image practices.

The collection was established in 2016 as a collaboration between LUX Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art and provides access to a range of publications and DVDs on artists’ moving image practice, history and theory. You can browse the LUX Scotland collection at GSA Library here.

New Artist Selected Titles

To accompany the main collection, we invited seven artists to select publications that expand the collection. Earlier this year we invited Jamie Crewe, Winnie Herbstein, Kimberley O’Neill, Hardeep Pandhal, Mathew Parkin, Tako Taal and Alberta Whittle to contribute a recommendation. We are delighted to announce that the following books will be available to borrow from the library when it re-opens after lockdown:

Bruce Benderson, James Bidgood (2009), recommended by Jamie Crewe; Kaisa Lassinaro, Born in Flames (2011) recommended by Winnie Herbstein; Rose Lowder, Bouquets 11 – 20: Notebooks by Rose Lowder (2018), recommended by Kimberley O’Neill; Evan Calder Williams, Shard Cinema (2017), recommended by Hardeep Pandhal; Chantal Akerman, My Mother Laughs (2019), recommended by Mathew Parkin; Sylvia Wynter, On Being Human as Praxis (2015), recommended by Alberta Whittle.

Reading Lists

Tako Taal chose to compile a new reading list as her contribution to the collection. This decision was prompted by the wider lack of publications about filmmaking by, or which considers the work of, Black and POC filmmakers and especially womxn”. Her reading list includes links to a selection of online conversations, videos/​artworks by artists who have shaped her thinking as well as some printed books.

GSA library is committed to supporting both institutional and student-led initiatives to diversify the curriculum and have worked with numerous individuals and groups to create a number of alternative reading lists’ that can be viewed here, that aim to introduce a broader range of cultural perspectives. Tako’s reading list will be added to the library collection and website when the library re-opens after lockdown. In the meantime, the reading list can be viewed below:

LUX Scotland Collection at GSA Library – a Reading List by Tako Taal

BOOKS (available online)

Young British and Black: a monograph on the work of Sankofa and Black Audio Film Collective by Coco Fusco, Hallwalls/​Contemporary Art Center,1988

The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses, Laura Marks, Duke University Press, 2000


Black Women Film & Video Artists, Jaqueline Bobo, Routledge, 1998.

Listening to Images, Tina M. Campt, Duke University Press, 2017.

We Wanted a Revolution Black Radical Women 1965 – 85 /​A Sourcebook, Ed. Catherine Morris, Duke University Press, 2017.


ONYEKA IGWE Being Close to, with or Amongst: other ways of Knowing the Archive recorded at The British School at Athens, 2019.

IMRAN PERRETTA in conversation with Rizvana Bradley as part of Jerwood Solo Presentations 2017.

ARTHUR JAFA in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, recorded in Los Angeles, 2016.

RABZ LANSIQUOT presentation as part of the Experimenta: Representation and Praxis debate, part of London Film Festival, 2018.


Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Ponderosa, 2010 (p12-13)

On timing and how sometimes not making a film is just as important. Also a reflection on what it is to make work of/​about a place. I often think about this a lot before starting a new project.

Abderrahmane Sissako, Bamako, 2006

A lesson in filmmaking and using everything that is around you, the film was shot in his home.

Martina Attlile, Dreaming Rivers, 1989


How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth, Alberta Whittle, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2019.

especially the essay by Josephine Ama Budge


Second Sight Essays

Responses to the U.K Black Film Workshop Movement of 1980 – 90s

Dispatch, Feminist Moving Image

In 2017, we invited six artists to select titles for the collection and will be available to access when the library re-opens in due course. These were:

Anne Marie Copestake selected Dancing Ledge, Derek Jarman (2010); Kate Davis selected the book LET’S TAKE BACK OUR SPACE: Female’ and Male’ Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures, Marianne Wex (First printing 1979); Stina Wirfelt selected Moyra Davey, Les Goddesses/​Hemlock Forest (2017); Sarah Tripp selected The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis Lydia Davis (2014); Duncan Marquiss selected Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology by Gregory Bateson (1972); Corin Sworn selected Capitalism’s Eye: Cultural Spaces of the Commodity, Kevin Hetherington, (2007)and also selected Plainwater: Essays and Poetry, Anne Carson (2000); Charlotte Prodger selected Between Categories: The Films of Margaret Tait: Portraits, Poetry, Sound and Place, Sarah Neely (2016).

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