October, 2014

Raydale Dower at Tramway

Heard with my ears – last night.

Raydale Dower

Raydale Dower, Generation Perfomance, Tramway, 2014

From the Tramway website:
Raydale Dower works with a combination of objects, performance and sound to explore the limits of musical and non-musical composition. Influences range from punk, electronic and noise music, to Baroque and the musical experiments of radical 20th century art movements found in Fluxus and Dada.
For Tramway, Dower presents two new sound works for playback through a quadraphonic speaker array. The first work is a sound study tracing the sonic path of a ball bearing within a metal bowl recorded at PRIM, Montreal in 2013 in partnership with CCA, Glasgow. The four microphones recording has been dramatically time stretched, expanding both the duration and scale of the original event.
The second work is a new spatial electronic composition for speakers that will be performed live at Tramway; generated by using analogue electronic components. In this two-part performance Dower explores the relationship between the found object and the Objet Sonore (sound object) as defined by Pierre Schaeffer and used within Musique Concrete.
About Raydale Dower
In 2011 Dower presented Piano Drop (2011) in Tramway’s theatre space, capturing the catastrophic act of dropping a piano from the ceiling. As with many of Dower’s worksPiano Drop used the latest sound technology to dramatise themes of time and sound. The final work consisting of a slow-motion digital reanimation of the original event, presented as a surround-sound installation.
Dower’s more ambitious works involve theatre, performance and high spectacle, often made through collaboration with other artists and musicians. In 2010 Dower launched Le Drapeau Noir, a temporary Artists’ café and cabaret style programme of events for the Glasgow International Festival, which he developed with artists and musicians Rob Churm and Tony Swain.


Dinosaur Expert I’m Feeling Lucky

You have got to go see Gregor Wright’s show at the CCA. I loved his GI show and this one has even more dinosaurs in it. Plus, you can come away with your own limited edition, erm , stegosaurus or similar  I think,  from Welcome Home.

Gregor Wright at the CCA, Glasgow, Oct. 2014

Gregor Wright at the CCA, Glasgow, Oct. 2014

Gregor Wright

The Woman Who Fell to Scotland

Am I the last person to finally watch Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin?

I thoroughly recommend.

Watch the trailer here

Under the Skin

Under the Skin


Turner Prize 2014

What a treat to go to the Turner Prize opening on Monday. Ciara and Duncan’s work looked fantastic and what with all the Glasgow folk there, it was just like a Transmission trip of old. Thank you Ciara!


Ciara Phillips, Things Shared, 2014


Duncan Campbell, It for Others, 2013

Check out Ciara Phillips’ work here.

Check out Duncan Campbell’s work here.


Trisha Donnelly

Loved this at The Serpentine at the weekend. Take a look at her online film here too.

Trisha Donnelly

Trisha Donnelly

Trisha Donnelly, Serpentine Gallery, London, 17 September – 9 November 2014.


‘Some of the objects are sounds; some of the sounds are drawings, but I think that the drawings that I do are more of a physical realisation of what I am thinking than of myself.’1

The Serpentine presents an exhibition by American artist Trisha Donnelly. Her medium-spanning interests are concerned with transmissions and evasion, both in their physical form and in her aversion to verbal or written interpretation of the work. Her exhibitions traditionally eschew press releases, catalogue essays and wall labels, with the artist intent on avoiding the bureaucratic trappings of exhibition display. For Donnelly’s 2002 solo show in New York, the exhibition checklist was devoid of information and instructed visitors to ‘see front desk for title’ – where they were instead played a series of electronic beats. In her 2008 exhibition at Philadelphia’s ICA, a rare occasion where she permitted any didactic materials, the exhibition catalogue provided only a straightforward (though meticulous) physical description of each work.

Donnelly’s exhibitions are also often site-specific – responding to, reacting and intervening with an existing space. Thus, the architecture in which her work is displayed is considered as much a part of the exhibition as the installed pieces themselves. In her 2007 exhibition at Modern Art Oxford, Donnelly made selective changes to the gallery’s structure, lighting and sound, to better merge the space with that of her work. The following year, at Chicago’s Renaissance Society, Donnelly removed existing window frames, walls, and fluorescent lighting as part of her installation.

The artist’s exhibition at the Serpentine is equally reactive. Since discussions for the show began five years ago, Donnelly’s response to the space has developed and changed – resulting in an exhibition that speaks to her now-nuanced understanding of the Gallery, from the domed central ceiling to the changing light during the course of the day.

In preparing for this exhibition, Donnelly looked through archival photographs from the 1994 renovations to the Gallery. These showed the metal support studs behind the modern false walls and the original brick structure beneath – built in 1934 as a tea room for Kensington Gardens. These images lead her to remove sections of the walls, not to reveal but to impact the space by creating column-like forms and openings, shifting our spatial understanding of the Gallery. Donnelly has also made other, more-subtle changes to the space by altering the lighting and modifying windows, while opening another entrance directly from the park. This second entry point not only offers a new orientation to the space, but also dilutes the idea of a definitive path through the exhibition – one that traditionally starts with external signage, the lobby, and introductory text.

Donnelly’s interventions form an altered space in which to encounter her work – a series of projected videos and stills, sculptures, a sound piece – exploring integral relationships between object and space. These relationships are key to Donnelly’s practice. The sound piece, which resonates throughout the exhibition, has been conceived spatially – carefully installed and altered to occupy the environment, creating a sonic form which accompanies the sculptures and silent videos. In the same manner, these projected videos have been modified to inhabit the Gallery, precisely positioned and adjusted to sit in the existing architecture.

While Donnelly works across a range of mediums, her practice evades formal artistic preconceptions with the term ‘medium’ itself. In the words of curator Hamza Walker, ‘Donnelly genuinely has no medium’.2 Stills are projected as videos; videos appear sculptural; drawings take on a three- dimensional form. The monolithic marble and stone sculptures’ machine- made marks appear as shifting lines – echoing back to the lines in her drawings, videos and sound waves. The lines, shapes, and dimensional shifts repeat across the mediums, creating a fluidity of form.

Donnelly’s work is neither abstract nor representational. Her videos oscillate and ripple, offering only suggestions of their content; the images too present only hints of shape and reality through their many processes, occasionally betraying a subject or location. Both have no narrative
or climax, often looping according to their own form. As with much of
the artist’s work, the method and means of production are not clear or explicitly revealed.

1 Hans Ulrich Obrist, ‘Trisha Donnelly: She Said’, Flash Art, March–April 2006, p.60.

2 Hamza Walker, ‘As Free as the Squirrels’, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago 2008

Julia Peyton-Jones
Director, Serpentine Galleries and Co-Director,
Exhibitions and Programmes

Hans Ulrich Obrist
Exhibitions and Programmes
and Director of International Projects