Wednesday 1 February 2012

February Dundee Diary of Visual Art Events///

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1. RECORD/REWIND In-conversation Event/// 2 February 2012, 3 - 4.30pm
A unique opportunity to hear a speaker from renowned European Art & Media Centre alongside UK video art researchers, artists and curators.
To book a place at this free event go to:<>
PREVIEW/// 2 February 2012, 6 – 8pm
EXHIBITION/// 3 February – 4 March 2012, Mon – Sun 12 – 4.30pm
REWIND Screening Event/// 15 February 5.30 – 7.30pm
RECORD>AGAIN!<> - Part 2 is the second phase of a remarkable project<>, initiated by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in 2006. Under the direction of ZKM Karlsruhe (Centre for Art & Media Technology), five leading German museums have worked in collaboration for the realisation of the project, which aims to preserve, restore and disseminate one of the most influential art forms of the 20th century; Video Art.
Including many works that have not been seen for decades, the exhibition features over 40 outstanding video pieces made between 1968 and 2008. Highlights include a rare work by Ulrike Rosenbach with her partner at the time, Klaus vom Bruch, the boxing match from 1972 that Joseph Beuys participated in at the documenta 5, and the first video synthesizer collages by Walter Schröder-Limmer.
The exhibition focuses exclusively on the medium of video and the core mission of the project, which is preservation, not canonisation. Many works from the history of video were considered untraceable, lost or no longer playable. The project's main concern is to save these works from deteriorating while at the same time reconstructing the history of the video movement as a whole.
The REWIND: Artists' Video in the 70s & 80s research project at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design provides a meaningful context for this exhibition to be shown at Centrespace at Visual Research Centre, DJCAD. The REWIND project through its focus on video works of the 1970s and 1980s provides a resource to address the gap in historical knowledge of the evolution of electronic media arts in the UK. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) it has investigated, conserved and archived over 450 single screen and installation works from the first two decades of artists' works in video. Building upon the success of REWIND UK, a new funding support from the AHRC enables the project team to embark on REWINDItalia; a 28-month project that explores the important history and narratives of video art activity in Italy between 1968 and 1994.
RECORD/REWIND In-conversation Event: 2 February 2012, 3 - 4.30pm<>
To book a place for this free event please go to:<>
To accompany this exhibition of an extraordinary selection of video works from Germany, an In-conversation event will take place at the Visual Research Centre of DJCAD; the home of the REWIND research project. Featuring researchers, curators and artists from Germany and Britain, this discursive event provides a unique opportunity to scrutinise the histories of the video art movement in both countries and to unpack the propositions, approaches and outcomes of these two prestigious historic European research projects.
Speakers include Malcolm Dickson, Holger Mohaupt, Dorcas Müller and Stephen Partridge, chaired by Deirdre MacKenna. (see biogs below)
* The exhibition and In-conversation event are presented in association with Goethe-Institut Glasgow<>

2. REWIND Screening Event/// The Self and Surroundings
REWIND Collection screening programme, selected by REWIND/DJCAD Archivist Adam Lockhart.
Wednesday 15 February 2012, 5.30 - 7.30pm
To resonate with the RECORD>AGAIN!<> - Part 2 Exhibition, a selection of works from the REWIND|Artists' Video in the 1970s & 1980s collection at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design will be presented for this screening programme. The selected works span the period from the 1970s to the early 1990s and draw on themes revolving around the relationships between the self , the state, the media and the environment. Highlights include the influential British video artist David Hall's work that interjects throughout the screening programme, Hall has recently received a lifetime achievement award at the Samsung Media Art Awards. Details of programme on this link:<>

The REWIND Collection of conserved video works is available for viewing by booking the VRC Micro Cinema. To book the Micro Cinema please contact Adam Lockhart<>

The Centre for Artists' Books is a space dedicated solely to artists' books, the first combined archive and exhibition space of its kind in the United Kingdom. To view collection online please visit:<>
To view the CAB collection please contact Hazel McDonald<>


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, 13 Perth Rd, Dundee, DD1 4HT

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Mon - Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat 10.30am - 4.30pm

EXHIBITION///Viola Yeşiltaç – I Really Must Congratulate You on Your Attention to Detail
Until 18 February
Cooper Gallery

The largest exhibition to date by the New York based German artist, features glass sculptures and photographic works. The exhibition explores the displacements operating between photography, drawing, sculpture and performance.
Viola Yeşiltaç was born in Hanover, Germany and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Honoured with a Scholarship by the German National Merit Foundation,Yeşiltaç studied at the renowned School of Fine Art Braunschweig and later received a MFA in Photography at the Royal College of Art London UK.

16 February, 6 - 7pm
Lower Foyer Gallery
Lower Foyer Gallery will host a special informal introductory event for StAnza 2012, Scotland's International Poetry Festival, which takes place in St Andrews between the 14 and 18 March this year. StAnza's Director, Eleanor Livingstone will give an overview of the programme and there will be readings from several of the poets who will feature in the Festival. Artist and DJCAD Professor, Tracy Mackenna, will also introduce her project with Edwin Janssen for StAnza, The Poem Pedlar's Pearls. A printed brochure will be available.

PREVIEW AND 'ZINE LAUNCH/// 24 February, 5 – 7pm
EXHIBITION/// Fun-A-Day and Satellite 'Zine Issue 6
25 February – 3 March
Bradshaw Art Space
Morgan Cahn from the Student Curatorial Team is leading a Fun-A-Day project in Dundee. The premise is simple: pick a project (take a photograph, make the bed, draw a picture, bake a cake, etc), do it every day in January, then show your work the following month in a big group show. Fun-A-Day seeks to remove the barriers to creativity by offering opportunities and invitations for participation. The project seeks to create a welcoming forum for people to share what they do, to strengthen existing communities of artists, and to kick-start new ones. The originators of Fun A Day are the artclash! collective in Philadelphia, PA (<>). Since its inception in 2004, the project has shown tens of thousands of pieces by hundreds of artists.<>

3. EXPOSITION/// Portraits for the Future Masterclass Outcomes
Until 17 February
Bradshaw Art Space
The results of the first V&A at Dundee Masterclass 'Portraits for the Future' one of the accompanying events around the exhibition Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration (The McManus until 8 January). Internationally renowned artist Professor Calum Colvin led a group of professionals in the 3-day workshop, for which Michael Marra, the Scottish singer and songwriter, sat as subject. Supported by Calumet.

5. EXHIBITION/// The Mountains are Fountains
Until 8 February, Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 5pm
Matthew Gallery
Documentation of the new Art + Media Expansive modules launched in September 2011 at DJCAD. Running for the length of the first semester these six modules offered all Year Three students access to a deeper understanding and knowledge related to their elected subject.
The Contemporary Portrait, The Undiscovered Landscape, Art, Science and Visual Thinking, Materiality and Meaning, Print and Printability, Taking Time: Exploring Ephemeral Practices.

PREVIEW/// 1 March, 6 – 8pm
EXHIBITION/// Lys Hansen & Kraig Wilson: Drawing Breath
2 – 30 March
Cooper Gallery
An exhibition forging a discourse around Materiality & Metaphysics by juxtaposing the drawings from the influential Scottish painter Lys Hansen and photographic and video works by the up-and-coming artist Kraig Wilson.


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1. EXHIBITION/// Larger than Life: The Dundee Imagists in the 1980s
Lamb Gallery, Tower Building
Until 18 February, Mon - Fri 9.30am - 8.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4.30pm
This exhibition features paintings, drawings and prints by students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the 1980s. Under the influence of the new Head of Fine Art, Professor Alan Robb, and fellow tutors such as Peter Collins and Ronald Forbes, a distinctive style emerged at that time - brightly coloured, highly finished and grotesque or cartoon-like works which could seem sinister yet funny, realistic yet surreal. Artists such as Graeme Todd, Ian Scott, Edward Summerton and Derrick Guild gave Duncan of Jordanstone an enviable reputation for its drawing and painting. This show has been created as a response to the exhibition A Painted World, opening at The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum on 27 January and featuring work by Alan Robb and his contemporaries.

2. EXHIBITION/// Recent Acquisitions
Tower Foyer Gallery
4 February - 14 April, Mon - Fri 9.30am - 8.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4.30pm
This exhibition showcases some of the latest additions to the University's fine art collections, including works from the Duncan of Jordanstone College Degree Show, orginal comics artwork by Dudley D Watkins, prints by Toby Paterson, Louise Hopkins and Katy Dove, and much more.

3. EXHIBITION/// Cechr Conversations
Lamb Gallery, Tower Building
25 February - 14 April, Mon - Fri 9.30am - 8.30pm, Sat 9.30am - 4.30pm
An exhibition of collaborative work by Jean Duncan, award-winning Artist in Residence at the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (Cechr), alongside photographs and images from the research of the multi-disciplinary academic community of Cechr, the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute.

4. TALK/// The Angus Botanists - a free talk by Alan Elliott (Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh)
D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum
14 February, 6pm
The early 19th century saw a number of botanists that, despite their humble roots in Angus, had a major impact on the horticultural and botanical world. This fascinating talk explores some of these characters and the amazing plants they found from their explorations in Africa, Australia, Americas and closer to home.

5. EXHIBITION/// Mending the Broken Heart: The Evolution of Cardiology in Tayside
Tayside Medical History Museum
Until June, Daily 9am - 5pm
The development of cardiology in Britain has its roots here in Tayside, where Sir James Mackenzie was born. After a humble childhood in Perthshire he achieved worldwide fame as a general practitioner and pioneering cardiologist. In Dundee, the Department of Cardiology has grown from modest beginnings in the 1920s to become an international centre of excellence. This exhibition highlights some of these achievements.

6. EXHIBITION/// Understanding the Body 

Sensation: Dundee Science Centre, Greenmarket, Dundee

Until March, Daily 10am – 5pm.<> 
(NB - admission charge to Sensation)

This exhibition by the University of Dundee Museum Services looks at some of the equipment and visual aids that have been used in medicine to study and measure different aspects of the human body. The objects date from the early years of Dundee's medical school in the 1890s up to more recent times.

GENERATOR projects
25/26 Mid Wynd, Dundee, DD1 4JG 01382 225982 Thurs - Sun 12 - 5pm (or by appointment)<>

1. PREVIEW/// 3 February, 7 – 9pm
AFTER PARTY/// Drouthy's, 3 February, 9pm – midnight
4 - 26 February
The Members Show is an annual opportunity for new and current Generator Members to showcase a piece of work as part of a group exhibition.


152 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4DY 01382 909900
Gallery Opening Times// Tues – Sat 11am – 6pm, Thurs til 8pm, Sun 12noon – 6pm. 

To book talks or events or for further info please call DCA box office on 01382 909900

1. EXHIBITION/// Jane & Louise Wilson
21 January – 25 March
This exhibition brings together two bodies of recent work by acclaimed British artists Jane and Louise Wilson: Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum), 2010 and the UK premiere of Face Scripting – What Did the Building See?, 2011.
Commissioned by Forma to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum) is a suite of large-scale photographic prints. These images depict deserted interiors from the now almost entirely abandoned town of Pripyat, situated within the 30km wide Exclusion Zone. The richly textured images include a kindergarten, a theatre and a swimming pool, all of which explicitly reveal the hurried nature of their abandonment.
Face Scripting – What Did the Building See? was inspired by the assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, a Hamas operative, in a Dubai hotel room in January 2010. The two-part film installation shows the artists' own film alongside real CCTV footage that was compiled, and subsequently released on YouTube, by the Dubai state police. This work is an intensely detailed study of the site of the assassination and a meditation on current
trends in surveillance techniques. Face Scripting – What Did the Building See? was made in collaboration with Shumon Basar and Eyal Weizman.
Jane and Louise Wilson were born in Newcastle and studied respectively at Newcastle Polytechnic and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. They began working together in 1989 and in the following year undertook an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. Since then they have exhibited at major galleries internationally and were nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999.

2. CINEMA - GALLERY SCREENINGS/// Chosen by Jane & Louise Wilson
Dr. Strangelove
3 February, 6pm
Dir: Stanley Kubrick
A hysterical examination of Cold War paranoia, Dr. Strangelove satirises the idea that Mutually Assured Destruction would deter the prospect of nuclear war. Peter Sellers takes on three roles: Captain Lionel Mandrake, President of the United States Merkin Muffley and Dr. Strangelove.
Kiss Me Deadly
21 February, 6pm
Dir: Robert Aldrich
LA private-eye Mike Hammer picks up a mysterious blonde, only to be beaten up by thugs who kidnap her. When she turns up dead, Mike investigates, but things take a sinister turn when he finds a suitcase containing a strange glowing substance. Kiss Me Deadly plays on Cold War fears of nuclear apocalypse: it's perfect for those who like their noirs dark, their gumshoes hard-boiled and their blondes wearing nothing but a trench coat.

3. CINEMA/// Tatsumi
6 – 9 February (see website for times)
Dir. Eric Khoo
Singaporean director Eric Khoo bring the life and work of legendary Japanese comic-book artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi to the big screen with this incredibly original, dark and dramatic animated film.<>

19 February, 2 – 4pm. Free. Drop in.
Sunday afternoon art schooling with the DCA Gallery Assistants. Our Gallery Assistants have an informed take on our exhibitions, crystallised through conversations with the artist and curator. Come along and explore how the current exhibition relates to broader themes in contemporary art.


University of Abertay Dundee, Top Floor Student Centre, 40 Bell St, Dundee DD1 1HG
01382 308777 free admission (unless otherwise stated),
Exhibition and Gallery Café open Mon - Fri, 10am-5pm<><>

1. PREVIEW/// 10 February, 6 – 8pm
EXHIBITION/// Charming Snakes:
Family Nart
Snake Charmers of the Sapera Caste and the Parvati Valley Disappearances - Ross Fraser Mclean

13 February - 27 April
In the summer of 2011 photographer Ross Fraser Mclean travelled to India with a plan to travel the length and breadth of the country. He wanted to experience their diverse culture, the cities, the countryside, the desert land. However, a snap decision made on the day he arrived saw him stranded in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, a virtual captive of the Sapera Caste of North India. In this exhibition Mclean presents his most narrative driven collection of work to date - a personal insight into this mysterious and dwindling community who have been living on the extreme fringes of society since their proud tradition of Snake Charming was outlawed by the Indian Government. There will be two screenings of a specially made documentary about Mcleans's experiences in India, commencing at 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

2. CINEMA/// Movie Club
Every second Monday from 6.30pm (next screenings: 30 Jan, 13 Feb, 27 Feb…) … for people who have a passion for film.

Join us for screenings followed by critique, discussions and review. The audience then vote for the next film. Contact HMC or see HMC website for details of the next screening.


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Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 12.30 – 4.30pm

A Painted World: Selected Works 1975 – 2011 by Alan Robb
Until 18 March
This exhibition features paintings by Alan Robb who was, for twenty years, Head of the School of Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. Professor Robb was able to appoint an exciting group of like-minded artists who together created a highly successful culture of teaching and original research. This exhibition will include a curation of works from his collection, which acknowledge the interplay of ideas and influence that occur in a dynamic teaching environment.
Alan Robb's work is clearly figurative and has slowly evolved through a number of major shifts in means and content but always driven by ideas. His most recent body of work, in stark contrast to the "classical" paintings of the 90s, is strongly linked to Brazil and his research into the imaginative world of Afro-Brazilian Folklore and Cosmology.<>

Fine & Applied Art Display: Celebrated
From 27 January
In 2008, the fine and applied art collections of Dundee Art Galleries & Museums were designated as being of national importance. This display showcases these collections with a selection of key works, including Stanley Spencer's Ferry Hotel Lawn, Cookham and Fabtib-Latour's Roses, that have recently returned to the City from loan to prestigious exhibitions across the country, and Laura Knight's newly conserved Last Act.

DAiR (Dundee Artists in Residence)
opening up spaces for creativity and collaboration. See<>

Contact DAiR for dates.
- the act or process of performing or carry out
- the execution or fulfilment (of a duty etc.)
In this year's Performance Platform - for both artists and non-artists - we'll be exploring two key themes: the ethics of performance and the demands of art. We'll be working together to support a range of socially engaged and ecological art practices. And we'll be learning from one another about what it means to be, or not to be, a community.
Open to everyone. The Performance Platform is FREE - but it comes with conditions.

2. READING TOWARDS ACTION GROUP/// art and ecology
Central Library (Leisure Reading dept.), Wellgate, Dundee, DD1 1DB.
Contact DAiR for dates.
The Reading Towards Action Group recommences at Wellgate Central Library with a focus on art and ecology. The core texts for this series are Felix Guattari's The Three Ecologies and Arne Naess' Ecology, Community and Lifestyle. These texts will be read alongside examples of contemporary art practice that variously engage in ecological praxis. Our text for the first session is Alan Boldon's Climate Change - An Aesthetic Crisis? (See to download a PDF copy of this text.)

If you'd like to join the Performance Platform or the Reading Towards Action Group or if you'd like to find out more please send Jonathan at email at<>.

1. EHIBITION/// Scottish Dance Theatre 25th Anniversary Exhibition 

Open daily except Sunday. Free. 
A mixture of photography by some of the country's leading dance photographers, posters from SDT's history and candid behind the scenes pictures of the dancers.

If you are a DJCAD student, staff member or graduate having an exhibition you would like advertised, please get in touch.

1. PREVIEW/// 3 February, 5 – 7.30pm
EXHIBITION/// Lyndsey Redford
RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
Until 12 February
Recent and new paintings.

2. LAUNCH EVENT/// Vanilla Ink's Online Shop
3 February, 6 – 8.30pm
Lower Foyer Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee
New jewellery platform Vanilla Ink, invites you to come and celebrate a new addition to our family at the official launch of our online shop. Featuring the work of award winning designers, Vanilla Ink continues to support the best talent in the UK. Enjoy a cupcake and an exclusive preview of the online shop as you browse the work of some of our most exciting designers. (An informal presentation will be given at 6.45pm).<><><>

3. Hat in the Cat Studio and Workshop
2 Main Street, Bridgend, Perth, PH2 7HB, 01738 624213<><>
Textile and hat making workshops and master classes in a wide range of techniques are ongoing in Perth and Newburgh, including specially tailored workshops in time for Christmas.
Please see our website for details, and phone or email to make a booking.
We are also currently taking bookings for our exciting range of Summer Schools in feltmaking, millinery, drawing and painting and dyeing, based at our new Textile Centre in Newburgh, also detailed on the website.

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