Thursday 21 November 2013

Rhubaba presents Well-Done: Tom Varley

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Hosted by Tom Varley

Thursday 28th November at Rhubaba, 7pm prompt. Booking essential, tickets available here


What is it like to be a member of another species?
Can the objective study of nervous tissue account for the subjective character of experience?
Is it ok to eat arthropods with no cerebral cortices coz they don't have any feelings?

Unanswerable questions posed by amateur researcher.
Observable feast served by trained professionals.
Colour enslaved by line that becomes writing.


**Please note we will be serving shellfish.**


Tom Varley (b. 1985) is an artist working in a range of media, including film, writing, painting and collage. His work is concerned with the relationship between symbolic communication and abstraction, often playing on malfunctioning speech or defective typographies to reveal the arbitrariness of the shapes and sounds that make up written and spoken language. Tom is based in Glasgow.


Well-Done is a programme of commissions in which Rhubaba has invited Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, BAZ and Tom Varley to each host a meal during the winter months of 2013. The meal, its structure and the potential act of hosting, is intended as a starting point for the artists to each develop new work (be that an event, an evening of eating and talking or something else entirely).


Project supported by Creative Scotland.

Rhubaba Gallery and Studios is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Charity no.SC043963

Other News

Come along to the Rhubaba choir Thursday nights bi-monthly, 6.30 - 8.30! Next rehearsal have been rescheduled for Friday November 29th. See the choir page of the website for more details.

We are working with David Horvitz for our studio commission see his work anytime you are in the building over the next few months.

Hope to see you along the way!


Rhubaba Gallery and Studios
25 Arthur Street, Edinburgh



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Tuesday 17 September 2013

Join the Rhubaba Choir! This Thursday, 6pm.

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Please join us at Rhubaba for the inaugural meeting of the new Rhubaba Choir (aka. The Sweet Singers)! 

The choir will initially be meeting twice-monthly, on Thursday evenings.

The first meeting will be this Thursday, 19th September at 6pm. There'll be some light refreshments and a good chance to discuss the project as well as getting straight into some singing and vocal exercises.

As well as being a chance to sing together in a group and share experience, the choir will become a commissioning platform for new works, intended to provide invited artists, musicians and writers with the resource of collective voices as a material. Rhubaba will invite artists to make works for and with the voices of the choir, whether through more traditional music or by using the voice in other ways - speech, noise etc.

The repertoire of the choir will be defined by the choir members themselves. So if you have particular songs you would like to sing (whether already a choral piece or not) then you can make that suggestion to the group and discuss how it could be done. 

If you are looking for a fun and exciting way to come together with a community of people, enjoy singing and want to be challenged in the ways you use your voice then the choir could be for you. 

We are not looking for professional standard singing and welcome anyone who wants to lend their voice to the chorus. 

We already have two commissions to work on, so come along to find out what they will be!

If you'd like any more information or wish to join but can't make it along on Thursday then feel free to email us at




Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau, Tom Varley and BAZ.

Each contributing artist has been invited to 'host a meal' during the winter months of 2013. The meal, its structure and the potential act of hosting, is intended as a starting point for each guest to develop new work (be that an event, an evening of eating and talking or something else entirely).

More news on these new commissions and associated events will follow shortly.

Tom Varley - Violence. Silence., 2013, 16mm transferred to HD Video, 5 mins.

Past but not forgotten:

Lovely Sky (Participatory Imagineering)

Lucy Pawlak – CEO in residence (COE-IR)

2 August – 1 September 2013

Documentation of Lucy Pawlak's period as CEO in residence during her project Lovely Sky (Participatory Imagineering) is now online here.

Thank you to all who participated, in particular to those who contributed to the various Magic Hours throughout the month.


Rhubaba Gallery and Studios is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Charity no.SC043963

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Thursday 18 April 2013

PNCA announces The Hannah Arendt Prize, call for submissions

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Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
Call for submissions: The Hannah Arendt Prize
in Critical Theory and Creative Research

Application deadline: Friday, May 31, 2013<>

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Entry submission: essay of 1,500 words or less
Application deadline: Friday, May 31, 2013
Theme: On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an Intervention?
Cash award: 5,000 USD

Winner announced by Saturday, August 31, 2013

Please note that essays over the limit will be disqualified.

The Hannah Arendt Prize in Critical Theory and Creative Research is an annual competition for those interested in the juncture of art and creative research and in the principles at the heart of the arts and humanities, including sense-based intelligence; the reality of singular, nonrepeatable phenomena; ethical vision; and consilience between inner and outer, nature and reason, thought and experience, subject and object, self and world.

Application for the prize is open to the general public. Download the PDF application on our site at<> and email the completed application and the essay (in a .doc or .pdf format) to<>.

Explication of theme:

To disobey in order to take action is the byword of all creative spirits. The history of human progress amounts to a series of Promethean acts. But autonomy is also attained in the daily workings of individual lives by means of many small Promethean disobediences, at once clever, well thought out, and patiently pursued, so subtle at times as to avoid punishment entirely. All that remains in such a case is an equivocal, diluted form of guilt. I would say that there is good reason to study the dynamics of disobedience, the spark behind all knowledge.

--Gaston Bachelard, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire

Intervention is an omnipresent if not ubiquitous word in contemporary discourse, but what forms does it take in the age of genetic engineering and real-time media? Is the concept a decoy or distraction in the face of futility? A cover or compensation for hopeless battles and set-ups? Is it simply working to slow down the Inevitable, a notion that in and of itself works as a major obstacle to critical thought and action? Or is it something more serious, more durable, and more dangerous? What is the relation of critique and intervention, theory and practice? And what role does art play in what Bachelard called "creative disobedience," acts of Prometheanism "so subtle at times as to avoid punishment entirely"? Might art now comprise one of the last forms of political stealth, working in increasingly sophisticated time-based ways? What kinds of thought and action are powerful and compelling interventions today, whether one-off spectacles, sabots, monkey wrenches, sleepers, gummy bears, or Trojan Horses?

Along with Anne-Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders, Founding Co-Chairs, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the judges for 2013 include:

Claire Bishop, Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Exhibition History, Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Judith Butler, Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, The University of California, Berkeley, and Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy, Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien/EGS
Barbara Duden, Professor Emerita, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Julia Kristeva, Professor Emerita and Head of the École doctorale Langues, Littératures, Images, Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7, and recipient of the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought
Heike Kühn, film critic
Martha Rosler, artist and contributor to the Hannah Arendt Denkraum (on the occasion of Hannah Arendt's 100th birthday)

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