Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland

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Taking its cue from the live improvised excitement of musical jamming, Cooper Gallery in Dundee presents Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland; the first discursive survey to foreground the grassroots character of artists’ collaboration that has contributed to the remarkable achievements of contemporary art in Scotland.

Adopting a diverse curatorial approach Studio Jamming is comprised of exhibitions, an event series and a Group Critical Writing Residency. Centered on Declarations from artist collaboration groups in Scotland, Studio Jamming culminates in a 12-hour Jamming Symposium, jammed with keynote talks, gigs, performances, screenings and Group Critical Readings.

The artist collaboration groups featured in Studio Jamming are Graham Eatough & Graham Fagen, Full Eye, Ganghut, and Henry VIII’s Wives.

Call for Declarations from Artist Collaboration Groups in Scotland: 

They invite artist’s groups, collaborations, collectives, assemblages and gatherings based in Scotland to participate in the 12-hour Jamming Symposium on 25 July 2014 to present your Declarations and celebrate the radical opportunity of collaborative action.

The Declarations will be a vital and energetic moment in which to reflect upon, annotate, contextualize and celebrate the very spirit of artistic creativity and the only cogent and effective survival strategy: collaboration.

The 12-hour Jamming Symposium will be a platform for you to announce a Declaration of your group intent, to proclaim what drives your artistic practices as a collective as opposed to an individual and consider what it means to collaborate in contemporary art in Scotland now. Whether your group is based on sharing ideas, capabilities and skills, mutually beneficial networks, opportunities or a common cause.

Artist Collaboration Groups are invited to submit a collective Declaration and a proposal of how you would present it at the 12-hour Jamming Symposium. We invite expansive notions of what a Declaration might mean, so presentations can take any form whether performance, text, screening, gig, talk, reading or an inspired alternative.

The selected Artist Collaboration Groups will be invited to present their Declarations at Cooper Gallery on 25 July 2014 for the 12-hour Jamming Symposium, which will bring Artist Collaboration Groups, writers, curators, designers, architects, musicians and thinkers together to determine a collective ‘Here’ and ‘Now’.

The Declarations will have the opportunity to be presented on the Studio Jamming website.

Buses will collect participants from Edinburgh and Glasgow, and they will be welcomed at Cooper Gallery as their guest for the day.

Submission details:

* Text of 300 – 500 words in MS-Word format describing your Declaration and the form of its public presentation.

* 60 word biography or description of collaborative group, containing one contact email address, location(s) and website (if you have one).

* Up to 5 images of your previous work.

* Email to: exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk (Please indicate in the email Subject: “Studio Jamming: Call for Declarations”).

* Proposal period: 1 May – 30 June 2014.

Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland is an exhibition and events series open from 30 June – 2 August at Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee. Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland is part of GENERATION; 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.

More information can be found on the Cooper Gallery Studio Jamming webpage.

Group Critical Writing Residency, edited by Maria Fusco 2 June – 2 August 2014:

You are invited to submit new, original writing for online publication to notate and celebrate the occasion of GENERATION, twenty-five years of contemporary art in Scotland. In addition to online publication, writers will be invited, and facilitated, to read their work in the 12-hour Jamming Symposium on 25 July 2014.

They are seeking new texts from a tranche of writers based throughout Scotland, which will accumulate distinct singularised voices into a prescient document of what it is to be contemporary in art in Scotland today.

They welcome texts of any form, and any content, your view is what they are interested in. Obviously, texts must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material.

They want writers to submit texts of up to 500 words in length, focusing somehow on one of the following five areas, each area has been suggested by one of the exhibiting artists’ collaboration groups participating in Studio Jamming and the Editor of the Group Critical Writing Residency.

– How do collectives function?

– How to collaborate between differences? Finding a shared vocabulary in a cross-disciplinary collaboration.

– No individual authorship.

– I’m not interested in collaboration; I just want to make things.

– Here. Right now.

The selected texts will be published online from 2 June and the writers will be invited to continuously contribute to the Group Critical Writing Residency webpage throughout the duration of the Studio Jamming exhibitions and events (30 June – 2 August).

In addition to online publication, there will be a live reading event, Group Critical Reading at Cooper Gallery on 25 July 2014 as part of the 12-hour Jamming Symposium, which will bring together the published writers to present their work. Buses will collect writers from Edinburgh and Glasgow, and they will be welcomed at Cooper Gallery as their guest for the day.

Submission details:

– Text of up to 500 words in MS-Word format

– 50 word biography, containing your email address, location and website (if you have one)

– Email to: exhibitions@dundee.ac.uk (Please indicate in the email Subject: “Studio Jamming Group Critical Writing Residency”).

– Proposal period: 1 May – 31 May 2014.