Outset Scotland was delighted to support Eavesdropper, a new series of nights at CCA conceived by the director, Francis McKee, to showcase artists reflecting on their own practices in different ways.
Kathryn Elkin – Thursday 18 June 2015
Sarah Tripp – Thursday 1 October 2015
Rob Churm – Tuesday 17 May 2016
Hanna Tuulikki – Thursday 23 June 2016
At the first in the series of four events Kathryn Elkin performed Mud – an evolving live performance, which was the companion piece to her commission for fig-2 The Elephants in the Room – and presented a screening of Michael’s Theme, made during her residency at BBC Scotland in 2014. The performance and screening were followed by an animated discussion between Elkin, CCA curator Remco de Blaaij and fig-2 curator Fatos Üstek.
The second event featured Glasgow-based artist and writer Sarah Tripp, whose suite of three works, collectively titled Listening to strangers, weaved varying performative strategies – including film, narrative, and lecture modes – to offer observations on strangers, artistic practice and family.
For the third Eavesdropper evening, Rob Churm spoke about his ongoing project, Exhaustion Hook. He performed a reading from the Acknowledgements page of this work-in-progress comic, followed by an informal and circuitous Q&A with Francis McKee, covering a multitude of subjects from ‘deep nonsense’ and deserts, to hallucinations and Christian Bale.
Finally, Hanna Tuulikki re-staged a selection of her site-specific vocal works: At Sing Two Birds (2013), spinning-in-stereo (2013), Women of the Hill (2015), and SING SIGN: a close duet (2015), with vocalists Nerea Bello, Lucy Duncombe, Mischa Macpherson, and Daniel Padden. Stripping away the costumes and contexts, and presenting these projects side by side for the first time, enabled a concentrated focus on the musical aspect of her practice.
Rob Churm (b. 1979) lives and works in Glasgow. He graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art (2001). Churm’s works on paper (primarily drawing in materials such as ink, Biro and Tipp-Ex) lie at the heart of his visual arts practice. Alongside this, he has initiated and collaborated on a number of successful projects, such as The Drapeau Noir (2010) and Prawn’s Pee (2012) for Glasgow International. These projects used the idea of a ‘temporary autonomous zone’ to create an environment in which experimentation could take place. Recent shows and publications include: Imaginary Magnitude, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow (2015), Notes from a Gated Community (2015), and Continue Without Losing Consciousness, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2014). He undertook a residency at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, in 2013. Churm is also known for his work as a musician and performer with his bands Park Attack and Gummy Stumps.
Kathryn Elkin (b.1983) lives and works in Edinburgh. She completed her BA in Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art (2005) and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Writing from Goldsmiths, University of London (2012). Recent exhibitions and performances include: Why La Bamba? at CCA, Derry-Londonderry, The Elephants in the Room, fig-2, ICA, London (2015), Mutatis Mutandis, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2015), and Till the stars turn cold at S1 Artspace, Sheffield (2014) and Glasgow Sculpture Studios (2015). Elkin was a Lux Associate Artist (2012-13) and a Visual Art Resident at Cove Park (2015). In 2014, Elkin was awarded a six-month residency at BBC Scotland to produce the video work Michael’s Theme and her video Mutatis Mutandis featured as part of the 2014 London Film Festival.
Sarah Tripp (b.1971) lives and works in Glasgow. She is an artist who writes and makes films and performances. She teaches Fine Art on the MFA at Glasgow School of Art and is a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London. Tripp’s works include: Youth Administrator, Flat Time House Institute, London (2014), You are of vital importance to the art community at CCA, Glasgow (2014), 24 Stops at Camden Arts Centre, London (2013), and Swallowing Incoherence at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2012). Tripp was awarded the SAC Visual Arts Residency at Cove Park in 2009. Her writing Why I can’t eat at Asia Style was published in 2HB vol.4 by CCA, Glasgow (2009) and a selection of Aide-Mémoires was published in The Happy Hypocrite 5, edited by Maria Fusco and published by Book Works, London (2010). She co-produced the artist-led journal of art writing Gnommero with artist and writer Richard Taylor.
Hanna Tuulikki (b. 1982) lives and works in Edinburgh. She is an artist, composer and performer, who specialises in working with the voice to create immersive spaces that unearth and re-imagine the resonant lore of places. Her practice extends across artforms, encompassing vocal composition, gestural choreography, innovative visual-scores, site-specific performance, sound and film installation, pen-and-ink drawing, and interactive new media. Recent projects include Away with the Birds (2010-2015), which was performed in the harbour on the Isle of Canna and featured a composition for female vocal ensemble, investigating the mimesis of birds in Scottish Gaelic song; SING SIGN: a close duet (2015, commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival), a wordless vocal and gestural suite for male and female duo, exploring the body-in-communication in relation to gender and the city; and Women of the Hill (2015, commissioned by ATLAS Arts), a song-cycle for three female performers, responding to the archaeology and topography of an Iron Age, sacred site on the Isle of Skye. Her work has been featured in The Wire magazine; BBC Radio 4’s The Echo Chamber, a series about new poetries; BBC Radio 3’s Composers’ Rooms, a series of conversations with composers in their workspaces; and BBC Radio 3’s The Verb.
CCA is a hub for arts events, cultural organisations and artists, situated on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre. Alongside CCA’s visual arts programme of exhibitions, artists’ events and residencies, the venue is host to a range of festivals, creative organisations and arts groups who bring their own events to CCA through an open-source approach to programming. At the heart of all of CCA’s activities is the desire to work with artists, generate new projects and present them to the widest possible audience. CCA also produces a range of artist residencies, both in the venue and internationally.