23 Summer 2005
Front cover: Jim Colquhoun
Editorial and Letters
Elsa Stansfield (1945-2004)
Pioneer of European artists’ video
A personal accolade to Elsa Stansfield --artist, inspirational teacher
and profound thinker, closely associated with the development of
video art in the Netherlands.
Pilvi Takala and Lucy McKenzie
Exploratory email exchange on Takala's artist’s book 'Event
on Garnethill', suggestively concerned with structures which produce
identity, and individuals’ misuse of inherent rules to expose
Making Space for Culture(s)
Some Alternative Futures for Development, Ownership and Participation
in Leeds City Centre
Paul Chatterton and Rachael Unsworth
Thorough and academic in its pursuit, resulting in the critical
unveiling of the jarring realities of market-led inner-city 'cultural
regeneration', stressing the need and means “to do things
The Saints of the Future
What’s all the fuss over the G8's July visit to a caged elite
golf club in Scotland? A succinct explanation and expose of who
the G8 are and counterpoint to their fictions of championing the
world's poor - complete with a guide to peaceful protests and events,
including an overview of some of the groups involved.
Guide to G8 Protests:
Saturday 2nd July - Make Poverty History March, Edinburgh,
As the leaders of the world’s richest countries gather in
Scotland for the G8 summit, join tens of thousands of others in
Edinburgh demanding trade justice, debt cancellation, and more and
better aid for the world’s poorest countries.
Sunday 3rd July - “Ideas to Change the
World”, G8 Alternatives Summit, Usher Hall, Queens Hall & Edinburgh
Will feature prominent speakers from around the world in eight plenary
sessions and more than 36 workshop/seminars. The purpose of the
Alternatives Summit is to present a serious ideological challenge
to the corrupt policies and ideology of the G8. For more information
including a list of confirmed speakers visit: www.g8alternatives.org.uk
Tickets £10/5 Contact Usher Hall for tickets 0131 228 1155 www.usherhall.co.uk email@example.com
Download pdf's of the full G8 Alternatives summit programme:
Monday 4th July - Blockade of Faslane Nuclear
Weapons Base, from 7am
Non-violent direct action called by Scottish CND and Trident Ploughshares
to disrupt Faslane as much as possible, primarily by blockading
the entrances. Faslane is home to all four Trident submarines, Britain’s
own nuclear WMD Programme.
Tuesday 5th July - “Close Dungavel, No-one
is Illegal!”, mass protest at Dungavel Detention Centre, Ayrshire
Dungavel is where Scotland imprisons hundreds of people, including
families and children who have committed no crime. Coaches leave
in the morning from Edinburgh. Shuttle-bus service from Glasgow.
For more info contact Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 6th-8th July - “Another World
is Possible”, convergence on Gleneagles.
For grassroots, non-corporate, non-commercial reporting see Indymedia:
|Freedom from Seizure
"Dungavel is built as prison system. It is not a detention centre.
That is the first thing you should know." Dungavel Immigration Detention
and Removal Centre -- the government’s crime of abducting and locking-away
vulnerable people seeking refuge -- families, including children -- and
the further abuses suffered at the hands of the State.
Accompanying photography by:
Gareth Harper: http://www.photoecosse.net
The Other Side of
History - part vii
...part of an ongoing artwork by Euan Sutherland
Heading in the Wrong
Direction : The M74 Northern Extension
"A certain narrowness of vision and circularity of thought" in
bulldozing yet another 6-lane, five miles, elevated motorway through Glasgow
city centre, against the conclusions of the Scottish Executive's own public
inquiry. Uneasy parallels to The Hitch-Hikers guide to the Galaxy’s
flatulent Vogon Captain's job, which was to do his job, which was to do
his job, which was to demolish the earth...
Read the full report from the Public Local Inquiry at: www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/transport/m74r-00.asp
|B+B Meeting Points
Sarah Carrington and Sophie Hope
An overview of the curatorial partnership's reflexive work that emerged
in critical response to cultural policy under new Labour with its
underlying neoliberal agenda. And B+B's parallel conversations with
groups and organisations in former Yugoslavia, finding resentment
and critical response to the use of cultural 'networks' as a tool
to generate 'regional' identity for practice.
Thoughtful, indepth review of high-profile fictional film representations
of the lives of British Muslims, 'Ae Fond Kiss' and 'Yasmin', whose
production was motivated on the part of non-Muslims to depict realistic,
complex portrayals of men, women, families and social networks.
This is set against contemporaneous works of European cinema, including
'Head-On', with no such issue-led motivation, but whose subject
matter might offer comparable, if contrasting depth.
not simply, relations
of a man
Gender and the place of women in the state -- a cognizant history
of the infantalisation of women in Northern Ireland politics, focusing
on the McCartney sisters' confronting of their own community following
the killing of Robert McCartney.
The Conformist Imagination
: Think-Tankery Versus Utopian Scotland
A refreshing review of Demos' publication, ‘Scotland 2020:
Hopeful Stories for a Northern Nation', following a media outpouring,
akin to a Holyrood sewage outpipe, calling for Scots to be more
positive, happy, playful, optimistic and now hopeful -- most notably
by Carol Craig, the California-style happiness guru. A truly mind-expanding
dissection of "neo-liberalism’s drive to create cultures
and identities around an entrepreneurial selfhood receptive to the
force and needs of capital." ... "The social source of
this in Scotland today is a new power elite whose shared project
is to make Scotland a miniaturised version of the neo-liberal order."
Commons Service Group declares contemporary art a "GATS Free
Grenoble-based curatorial collective who are working with artists
disseminating information on the significance of the General Agreement
on Trade in Services (GATS) for contemporary art production.