LA 2019 Festival // 7-16 June
The fifth annual Look Again Festival will take place between 7 - 16 June 2019, with ambitious new works by leading and emerging artists, designers, photographers, architects and writers animating locations across the city.
As Aberdeen and the world undergo rapid change this year, we’ve invited responses to our 2019 theme, ‘new narratives’, presenting works that invite you to see the city with fresh eyes. Watch this space and follow us on social media as we announce our exciting line up…
The Fourth Wall
The Fourth Wall is a new Virtual Reality experience that tears up the rulebook about immersive space by applying techniques from collage and painting onto gaming and animation. John Walter takes his Maximalist aesthetic to new levels of complexity and compression in a new work commissioned for the quad of Marischal College.
John Walter is visual artist, curator and academic based in London. He won the 2016 Hayward Touring Curatorial Open for Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, which travelled from The MAC in Belfast to DCA Dundee and Bury Art Museum. His project Alien Sex Club (2015) was featured as part of Somewhere in Between at The Wellcome Collection, London (2018) and as part of Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2017). His diverse artistic practice includes collaborating with scientists including Prof Greg Towers (UCL) on CAPSID (2018), which looked at the molecular workings of HIV to address broader social and cultural questions.
Marischal College Quad // AB10 1AB
Artists’ Tuck Shop
David McDiarmid, Jon Nicolson, Stuart Noble, Emma Rogers and Rachel Rogers.
The Artists’ Tuck Shop is a mobile tuck shop trolley serving up yummy snacks and handy artworks made by artists, popping up at multiple venues throughout the Look Festival.
The Artists’ Tuck Shop is brought to you by a group of artists currently based in Glasgow. David, Jon, Stuart and Emma hail from the Painting department of Gray’s School of Art (2009-2013) and were previously involved in setting up the art collective Visual Artist Unit that organised talks for previous Look Again Festivals 2016-2018. Rachel is the designer and maker behind RR Designs, having previously graduated from the Jewellery department at Cardonald College (2010-2012).
Travelling across Aberdeen City Centre
Mobile Ploposal Machine
Housed within a giant wheeled head, this interactive project will roam the streets of Aberdeen inviting people to dream up sculptural interventions for public spaces. Using a combination of traditional materials and digital technology, we will produce photographic public art proposals, leaving a virtual sculpture park in our wake.
Craig Barrowman is a multimedia artist working with sculpture and performance to explore communication and perception, particularly in community engagement and the politics of public space. He has used mobile interactive sculpture in public projects to engage people in collaboratively examining and exposing the power structures which govern behaviour in our shared places.
Various sites across Aberdeen City Centre
The Temple of Jackie
The Temple of Jackie is a converted mobile camping trailer, that has been adapted as both a DJ booth, a soup kitchen and a stand-alone sculpture. It was first commissioned in 2011 by Radar at Loughborough University, and was most recently exhibited at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh 2017. The light structure and cantilever design, easy to fold up and tow, has a level of adaption and mobility that appeals to the artist. The Temple has been used to play honky-tonk and country music, serve soup and show films – at times all together. For Look Again it will inhabit a number of spaces around the city centre over the opening weekend.
Jacqueline Donachie is an award-winning Scottish artist. She has forged an international reputation for a socially-engaged art practice that is rooted in an exploration of individual, family and collective identity and the structures, platforms and spaces (both actual and conceptual) through which it is constructed and supported. Her work encompasses sculpture, installations, photographs, films, drawings and performance and is research-based, collaborative and participatory. She has recently had solo exhibitions at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow. She lives and works in Glasgow.
Broad Street // AB10 1AB
Steve Smith & Ian Grosz
Trading Faces is a Social Documentary Project that captures the stories of traders at Aberdeen Market through Photographic Images and Audio Recorded Interview. The project seeks to celebrate the lives of traders, documenting the challenges they face at a turning point in the city’s history and development.
Photographer Steve Smith is a full-time lecturer of photography at North East Scotland College and associate lecturer at RGU, Aberdeen. Having completed studies in advertising, marketing and PR, Smith embarked on a 5-year study in photography and professional media, which latterly saw him move to London to embark on a lengthy photographic career. Clients incl. i-D magazine, Dazed and Confused, Harrods Magazine, GQ style, The Times and The Telegraph, to name a few.
Ian Grosz is an Aberdeenshire based writer and researcher interested in Landscape and Place. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Anthropology and an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen. His work has featured both in print and on-line with publications including: The Press and Journal, The Island Review, Southlight Magazine, Causeway / Cabhsair Magazine, and published internationally in Anthology. He is chairman of the Lemon Tree Writers based in Aberdeen, and a Community Based Creative Writing Tutor for Aberdeenshire Council.
Love at First Sight
Morag Myerscough’s mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’.
Obsessed with ‘Belonging’, Morag is fascinated by how colour, pattern and words can change urban environments and people’s perceptions of spaces into places. Her strong visual approach is instantly recognisable and elevates every context in which it is placed. Her work is rooted in creating a sense of joy and belonging for all those who encounter it. She often draws on shared cultural history and heritage, creating specific local responses for each distinct audience that will see and experience the work; creating community and building identity.
Castlegate // AB11 5BQ
Caro&Karo Taxi is a multimedia project of a socially engaged nature, which consists of three main elements: an iconic classic car, video-works and interaction. The project’s main character, the car, which will be presented under a nickname Caro, is a legendary icon of European moto-nostalgia, irrational romanticism and unfulfilled promises of prosperity. For this project it will become a pretext to discuss new perspectives on Scotland’s shifting relationships with Europe.
Sneaked into the UK right before Brexit, especially for Look Again Festival Caro will be turned into a mobile video gallery. Having obtained an interesting revamp, Caro will become a colourful adornment to the streets of the Granite City.
Zloto is an audio-visual artist based in Aberdeen, working mainly in installation, moving image and performance. Leader of a one-woman electro punk project operating under the same name. Zloto Graduated in Contemporary Art Practice in 2018 at Gray’s School of Art. In 2019 she represented Gray’s at the New Contemporaries exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.
Travelling across Aberdeen City Centre
In Between States:
New Art from North Macedonia
“In Between States” is an exchange exhibition project between Scotland, and North Macedonia, at a time of great political uncertainty and upheaval in both countries. Three emerging artists from North Macedonia address contemporary perceptions of “in between-ness” in installation, sound and video.
Ivana Sidžimovska’s work features sound art and video. Born in Skopje, she is now based in Berlin, Germany. Her new work for this exhibition will focus on the processes of political change in the UK and North Macedonia.
Ana Jovanovska studied printmaking and design in Skopje and Cherbourg. She has exhibited widely in the Western Balkan region and in Russia. She is an installation artist who works between Kumanovo and Skopje in North Macedonia.
Ana Lazarevska is based in Skopje, North Macedonia. She works with new media technologies, interactive installation, and performance. At the moment she works with problematics of technology and its influence on the human psyche.
W OR M
11 Castle Street // AB11 5BQ
Tendency Toward’s first committee commission, LOVEAND..., is a project which crystallises the initiatives’ ongoing research into the emotional labour of collective working practices. Entangling aesthetics of co-working office furnishing around dialogues of self-care, the work creates an intimate constellation of the apparatus of hyper-capitalist working environments.
Tendency Towards are an Aberdeen based artist-led initiative comprising of artists Yvette Bathgate, Jessica Barrie, Donald Butler, Paula Buskevica and Jake Shepherd. Since 2017 they have operated a programme of exhibitions, workshops and public events to support experimental arts practices, more recently engaging in research around emotional labour within collective arts practices, producing as a cohort.
The Bill Gibb Line
The Bill Gibb Line is a spoken-word film and exhibition of new narratives across poetry and fashion inspired by the Northeast-born fashion designer who was world renowned in the 1970s. It will feature new work by writer-performer Shane Strachan and fashion students from Gray's School of Art, supported by filmmaker Graeme Roger of Wildbird and RGU Art & Heritage Collections.
Originally from Bill Gibb’s hometown of Fraserburgh, Shane Strachan is a writer and performer based in Aberdeen. His work for both page and stage is concerned with the Northeast’s relationship with the wider world, including his work-in-progress novel inspired by Gibb’s life and work for which he was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen.
Look Again Project Space
32 St Andrew Street // AB25 1JA
The Rebel Caterpillars
The Rebel Caterpillars is an all encompassing performance and art installation that will be part of a wider fictional narrative. Influenced by the decisions being made by our nation and the impact that this may have on our future generations, we have created a fictional world where children have risen up to overthrow the adults and seize power over the UK, with their own political movement the ‘Radical Caterpillars’. A visitor Check Point, Government Manifesto Colouring Book, Visitor Passport and party propaganda posters can be discovered within the city, leading the viewer through the new revolution.
Studio N_NAME are a collective duo who specialise in urban art, commercial illustration, design and art direction. They have worked with a diverse mix of clients, ranging from galleries to high street brands to community groups, delivering hands-on art based solutions - often incorporating these works into final commissioned art works.
The Green // AB11 6PE
Threshold(s) acts as a space for welcome and rest during the Look Again Festival. A rug will be installed in the city centre, acting as a threshold, welcoming visitors into public space in the city centre.
Kirsty Russell’s practice is concerned with support and her relationship to it. Previous projects have been developed in response to this - noticing where something is lacking and working within those spaces. As a result she has built a body of work that thinks about support structures in relation to artist practice as well as in places of care, hospitals and education - where she makes space, encourages and gives balance.
Aberdeen City Centre
Design and Code
Design and Code will be collaborating with poet Jo Gilbert and artist Morag Myerscough to celebrate the Doric dialect in a truly interactive project. Doric phrases and poetry will be brought to life in animated motion graphics on the Music Hall screen, suggested and voted for by the public.
Design and Code are an Aberdeen based creative studio generating original ideas and new perspectives for a growing international client base. Their multi-disciplinary projects include design for print and digital media; web and app development; 3D and motion graphics; as well as photography and video. As creative problem-solvers, they work with clients from a number of sectors,exceeding their expectations through open, honest communication and high-quality, professional delivery.
The Music Hall
Union Street // AB10 1QS