As part of Collective's exhibition - Against the Realm of the Absolute, Jesse Jones, a specially selected panel of creative practitioners from diverse fields and backgrounds have been invited to share their practice in the fast-paced environment of the Soapbox. Speakers include Vicky Horne, Ash Reid, Katie Crook, Neil Cooper, Tessa Lynch and Screen Bandita.
Vito Acconci was born in the Bronx, New York in 1940. Acconci received a BA in literature from Holy Cross College and an MFA in literature and poetry from the University of Iowa. Acconci's early interest in the space on a page - a structure within which the reader and writer can move through, informed his early video works. He started to perform what he would otherwise have written and developed over 200 conceptually structured and radical body-related pieces. Acconci's interest in the human body and its relationship to public space developed further into architecture, landscape architecture and furniture design. At the end of the 80's he set up 'acconci studio', a group of architects based in Brooklyn, New York, who design projects for public spaces- streets and plazas, gardens and parks, building lobbies and transportation centres. Acconci talks about his career, beginning with his early poems and video works to his present day architectural proposals.
Owen Hatherley is a writer and journalist based in London who writes primarily on architecture, politics and culture. Hatherley is a regular contributor to Building Design, New Statesman and New Humanist and has also written for The Guardian and Icon. His first book Militant Modernism was published by 0 Books in 2009 and was described by The Guardian as an "intelligent and passionately argued attempt to 'excavate utopia' from the ruins of modernism". Hatherley presents 'A New Kind of Bleak: Blair's Buildings, before and after the boom'. Unfortunately due to an error with the recording equipment Hatherley's talk is incomplete.
Elizabeth Price has a BA in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University and an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art. In 2004 Price won the Jerwood Artists Platform Prize. Between 2004-2006 Price was Research Fellow in Fine Art at London Metropolitan University and in 2007 was awarded the Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University. Elizabeth Prices' work is included in British Art Show 7, with exhibitions in Nottingham Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, London, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow and Peninsula Arts, Plymouth. She is represented by MOTInternational. Elizabeth presents a talk about her commission CHOIR, putting this in context within her wider practice.
Fiona Jardine has a BA in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art. Currently, Jardine is pursuing a PhD programme of research at the University of Wolverhampton. Fiona presents The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. Taking Muriel Spark's novel "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" as a starting point, Jardine makes links to Arthur Danto's analytical philosophy of art and Jacques Ranciere's pedagogical considerations in "The Ignorant Schoolmaster" and "The Emancipated Spectator" in order to establish a notion of the artwork's rhetorical function in framing experience.
Tom Leonard's Outside the Narrative (poems 1965-2009) won the poetry category in the Scottish Book of the Year awards 2010. His essays and political satires have been published as Reports from the Present, and his Places of the Mind is the only modern biography of the 19th century Scottish poet James Thomson. In 2001 he was appointed chair of Creative Writing at Glasgow University alongside Alasdair Gray and James Kelman. Leonard retired in 2009 and maintains a journal including visual work and comment on his website.
As part of the ongoing project between Collective, Arrow Factory, Beijing and piST///, Istanbul, Collective presents How To Turn The World By Hand - Soapbox, with guests invited across creative worlds to share their ideas in a series of quickfire presentations relating to the themes within the How to Turn the World by Hand exhibition.Speakers include John Mackie, John Vella, Anna Mclauchlan & Rebecca Bell, David Marshall, Alex Frost and I, the idea.
As part of the New Work Scotland Programme, Collective stages an annual Artists' DIY Soapbox. This event aims to provide a platform for new & exciting artist-led initiatives. It's a great way for people to become aware of these new initiatives and find out what's going on at the grassroots in Scotland. This years contributors were: LINE Magazine, Hidden Door Festival, 85a Collective, David Dale Gallery & Studios, JaAliceKlarr, Contemporary Art Exchange and FINN Collective.
Duration: 41Min 21Secs
Sunday 17 October
From 16 October – 28 November 2010, Collective present Lucy Clout’s work in the Contemporaries Guest Room. This year the Guest Room has a focus on NWSP contemporaries who are working outside of Scotland to act as a relevant reference point for the artists involved in the NWSP and the wider audience. London based artist Lucy Clout discusses her practice and the development of projects since graduating.
Duration: 20mins 40sec