Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Barras Comes Up With The Goods.

    A handful of events the should interest the good people of Glasgow and beyond.
Hi all, These events below at the Pipe Factory in the Barras on Thursday night and Saturday afternoon may be of interest. A member of the Games Monitor is presenting on the relation between 'ruins' and deliberate urban devalorisation (disinvestment) on Saturday afternoon.
Glasgow Games Monitor 2014
The Pipe Factory are hosting two new events this week as part of the curatorial project East End Transmissions, curated by Francesca Zappia.    42 Bain st Barras/ Calton
Thursday November 27th at 7pm we will present a screening and performance by Virginia Hutchison.
PLEASE ADJUST YOUR DRESS - A film produced for Accidental Mix, 2013
 Post scriptum
Today I Learned to Jump Like a Man
 It really struck me when we were talking earlier and you said that it had been prohibitively difficult to find local footage in the BBC archive. (My mum says that’s deliberate and not really that surprising). I have to agree. I then go on to tell her that I have to write an essay on the East End foundry industry to sit alongside a text I wrote about identity. (She buries people. Mostly folk from the East End. She tells me about the cremations, about pushing the button. When she first started she went to the furnace and watched through the window. I understand this necessity.)
Saturday 29th November, from 2pm, a series of lectures with Neil Gray, Vikki McCall, Kirsteen Paton and Johnny Rodger will analyse the regeneration in the East End in the last few years, and its consequences for the future of the area.
2pm -  Exploring the lives of people living in the East End of Glasgow
By Vikki Mc Call and Kirsteen Paton
There has been an on-going and consistent focus on the East End of Glasgow at a UK level by the media, politicians and wider powerful elites. These have applied powerful discourses and assumptions on the people living in the East End, especially in areas such as Easterhouse, Parkhead and Shettleston (Mooney, 2009; Gray and Mooney, 2011). Gray and Mooney (2011: 5) especially point out that the narratives around Commonwealth Games 2014 have been constructed around the idea that they will ‘transform the East End of Glasgow’, and will work to help address long-standing social and economic problems. But how are such assumptions being received in the East End itself? The only way to know this was to explore the voices of those living within these targeted communities, which have so far been neglected. This project explored the gaps between narrative and reality of stigmatised urban areas by looking at the perceived impact of Commonwealth Games 2014 on the lives of the people living within the East End of Glasgow.
2.45pm - All history was once in the East End of Glasgow. But now it is gone. Or is it? The appearance and disappearance of Douglas Gordon’s artwork ‘Proof’ at Glasgow Green.
By Johnny Rodger
3.30pm - Spectres of Dead Labour: The Materiality of Ruins
By Neil Gray
The study of 'Ruins' has become extremely widespread in the arts and humanities of late. One tendency has been to evoke ghostly spectres, absent presences and uncanny experience in industrial ruins. These emanations, it is argued, resist rational interpretation. While not wishing to destroy ruins as sites of imagination or pregnant liminality, Neil Gray wants to demystify this reductive hauntology by evoking the 'vampire-like' spectres of 'dead labour' in the built environment of the East End of Glasgow. In doing so, he will show how ruins are an inherent and necessary part of capital accumulation cycles and how listening to these fragmentary 'transmissions' might help us detonate the slumbering time of the present with the fractious constellations of the past.
 Speakers’ biographies
Neil Gray is a writer, researcher and sometime filmmaker. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Glasgow on 'Neoliberal Urbanism and Class Composition in Recessionary Glasgow'. He is a member of the Strickland Distribution, is on the Variant magazine editorial group, and is co-founder of Glasgow Games Monitor 2014.
 Vikki McCall is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Housing at the University of Stirling and is passionate about researching and helping improve social policy to be more effective for those most impacted by it. Part of this work has been around bridging the gap between policy and practice.
Vikki's work has included extensive research on the role of front-line workers, users and volunteers and the policy process. This has included exploring front-line worker discretion, interpretations, activities and actions. Vikki has a broad portfolio of social science teaching and research with the University of Stirling. Expertise includes housing, volunteers, devolution, poverty, inequality, gender, social problems, urban society and the cultural sector. Vikki has experience in lecturing on and conducting social research, comparative social research, qualitative and quantitative methods.
Current projects include exploring the role of volunteers in dementia care, housing and older owner occupiers, partnership and collaboration in the cultural sector, work and learning transitions of looked after children in Glasgow and Beyond Stigma: Exploring the lives of people living in the East End of Glasgow.
Kirsteen Paton is a Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Her research is situated under the broad category of urban sociology, taking in cities, urban space, class, crime and social policy. This is underpinned by a theoretical interest in the phenomenological and material relations of class within the context of urban restructuring which are explored through theories of neoliberalism, Western Marxist theory and new theoretical approaches in stratification: New Working Class Studies and Cultural Class Theorists.
Paton’s research draws from Gramsci’s concept of hegemony to understand the political project of neoliberalism and the reciprocal relationship between urban restructuring and the remaking of contemporary working-class culture. Recent research involves looking at the formation of modern patterns of consumption considered risky (drugs and gambling) in relation to class.
 Johnny Rodger is a writer and critic, and editor of the The Drouth quarterly Literary/Arts journal. He is Professor of Urban Literature at the Glasgow School of Art and his published books include Contemporary Glasgow (Rutland Press, 1999), andGillespie Kidd &Coia 1956-87 (RIAS, 2007), Tartan Pimps: Gordon Brown, Margaret Thatcher and the New Scotland (2010),The  Red Cockatoo: James Kelman and the Art of Commitment (2011).
 The Pipe Factory and curator in residency Francesca Zappia want to warmly thank all the donators and supporters on our Kickstarter fund project. We have reached the sum and we are preparing special gifts for you!
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