Today sees the launch of a 12-hour ‘jamming symposium’ at the Cooper Gallery in Dundee, part of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design gallery’s current exhibition, Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland.
Running from 11am to 11pm, the event aims to provide a platform for discussion around the idea of collaboration among artists. It will, however, eschew a traditional academic approach in favour of a series of gigs, performances, screenings and readings.
The day will take place in a ‘jamming hub’ at Cooper Gallery, specially designed for the event by Studio Miessen, led by Glasgow School of Art alumnus Markus Miessen, who will also be speaking.
The purpose of the symposium is to open up a wider critical debate about the notion of collaboration in the contemporary visual arts in Scotland. Central to the event will be readings from 23 writers (including a-n’s Richard Taylor) who are part of the Studio Jamming Group Critical Writing Residency, an anthology of new texts edited by Mario Fusco.
Other speakers on the day include Maria Lind, director of Tensta Konsthall, Sweden; Francis McKee, director of CCA, Glasgow; and historian and curator Stine Hebert. A series of declarations from artists’ groups across Scotland – including Full Eye, Henry VIII’s Wives and Graham Eatough & Graham Fagen – will be introduced by David Harding, former head of the Environmental Art programme at Glasgow School of Art. A panel discussion will be chaired by Dr Dominic Paterson, lecturer in art history at University of Glasgow.
The event is part of Generation, a series of exhibitions and events across Scotland celebrating 25 years of art practice in the country.
Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland – 12-Hour Jamming Symposium, Friday 25 July, 11am – 11pm