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Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? Chapter One

28/10/2018 - 04/03/2017

Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee

Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee

Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee

Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Installation view of Exorcism of the Luna Milk Orb (Study for the Birth of Sculpture), 2015 and Cooper Gallery commissioned artists book The History of Sculpture, 2013 by Georgina Starr. Featuring A Modular Infrastructure Acting In Concert With Cooper Gallery, 2016 by Cullinan Richards.
Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee

Installation view of Remodelling Photohistory Series, 1981-82 by Jo Spence in collaboration with Terry Dennett. the Chapter One exhibition for Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event?, October – December 2016 at Cooper Gallery. Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artist’s estate, Richard Saltoun Gallery, and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Film documentation of Linder’s infamous performance wearing a dress with a meat bodice at the Hacienda Manchester in 1982. Detail view from the Chapter One exhibition for Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event?, October – December 2016 at Cooper Gallery.
Courtesy of Linder and Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London. Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee

Installation view of Flashing Nipple Remix (2005-2007) by Mary Kelly in Chapter One exhibition for Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event?, October – December 2016 at Cooper Gallery. Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artist, the Whitworth Gallery and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Installation view featuring documentation of the performance Monument to working women (1985), a performance by Monica Ross, Shirley Cameron and Evelyn Silver (courtesy of the Monica Ross Archive) and new work by Anne Bean: Dialogue with Monica Ross on Life Drawing/ Drawing Life (c1970) 2016. Featuring A Modular Infrastructure Acting In Concert With Cooper Gallery, 2016 by Cullinan Richards.
Chapter One exhibition for Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event?, October – December 2016 at Cooper Gallery. Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Detail view of Virgin/ Mother/ Whore (1983), Feministo Crochet (1976) and Friends Gloves (1979) by Su Richardson; with archival materials relating to the projects Feministo (1975-77/78) and Fenix (1977- 80) from the Chapter One exhibition for Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event?, October – December 2016 at Cooper Gallery. Featuring A Modular Infrastructure Acting In Concert With Cooper Gallery, 2016 by Cullinan Richards.
Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

Installation view of Virgin/ Mother/ Whore (1983) by Su Richardson in the Chapter One exhibition for Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event?, October – December 2016 at Cooper Gallery. Photographer: Ross Fraser MacLean/ Studio RoRo 2016. Image courtesy of the artists and Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee.

 

 

Chapter One: 28 October – 16 December 2016 

Chapter Two: 20 January – 4 March 2017

 

Artists featured in Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? include Conrad Atkinson, Anne Bean, Cullinan Richards, Rose English, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Margaret Harrison, He Chengyao, Susan Hiller, Alexis Hunter, Mary Kelly, Lucy McKenzie, Annabel Nicolson, Hannah O’Shea, Siôn Parkinson, Su Richardson, Monica Ross, Jo Spence, Georgina Starr and Linder Sterling.

 

 

Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? is a two-chapter contemporary art exhibition and event programme at Cooper Gallery and off site venues in Dundee.

Inherently radical, dissonant and often luxuriantly subversive, the artists, writers and thinkers featured in Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? situate feminist thinking as a provocative and cogent mode of creative and critical inquiry.

Referencing art works, artist collaborative groups and activism from the 1970’s to the present day, Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? evokes the collaborative and political ethos of feminism as a discursive ground to reveal the urgency and necessity of self-organisation and alternative politics in culture, society and above all in everyday life.

Thinking ‘otherwise’, the artworks and archives presented in the programme subvert the mundane and the predictable to embody a desire to act against the normative, the conventional and the assumed. Erring on the side of undecidability and disavowing the ‘soundness’ of all boundaries, Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? parades radical strategies of dissonance inviting the possibility of heterogeneous and unclassifiable apparitions of otherness.

The title of the programme is a homage to Hannah Arendt who considered politics as a ‘space of appearance’; a process of being seen and heard. Deprived of this, gestures whether artistic, social or political, cannot become events that usher in new alternatives. By summoning Arendt’s transgressive and rupturing ‘space of appearance’, Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? reignites Feminist insights as a means to provoke gestures into events.

Informed by the proud history of a strong working women’s culture in Dundee’s jute mills of the early 20th century, which led to the nickname of ‘She Town’ for Dundee, the programme presents artworks by significant artists from different generations, archival material selected from the Women’s Art Library(London) and the Archive Collection of Lynda Morris, live performances, screenings, collective readings and a collaborative dance project We Dance Ourselves in response to the influential feminist dance piece Rosas danst Rosas by Anne Theresa De Keersmaeker.

Artists featured in the programme include Conrad Atkinson, Anne Bean, Cullinan Richards, Rose English, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Margaret Harrison, He Chengyao, Susan Hiller, Alexis Hunter, Mary Kelly, Lucy McKenzie, Annabel Nicholson, Hannah O’Shea, Siôn Parkinson, Su Richardson, Monica Ross, Jo Spence, Georgina Starr and Linder Sterling.

Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? culminates in 12 Hour Action Group; an international symposium galvanised by keynote talks, collective readings, performances, screening and a round table discussion. Juxtaposing historical and contemporary positions inscribed in art practices, 12 Hour Action Group will examine the insights of feminism as one of the most volatile and motivated political movements that critiques cultural, political and economic iterations of power. Keynote speakers include Art historian and theorist Amelia Jones, curator and art historian Lynda Morris, film theorist Laura MulveyAdele Patrick from Glasgow Women’s Library and writer and critic Marina Vishmidt.

Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? is a project initiated and curated by Cooper Gallery DJCAD University of Dundee and is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland, Henry Moore Foundation, Kingston University and Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works.