The SSA has invited the following curators to put together an ambitious film and digital media programme, which will form a vital element of the Annual exhibition.
Pryle Behrman will curate a selection of video works titled ‘It’s me, not you’. This collection comprises artworks in which artists temporarily commandeer sites that are normally controlled by others, with corporate buildings, public transport systems, heritage sites and the natural world all reimagined in ways that are in turn poetic, humorous and political. The participating artists come from the UK, Spain, Germany, Zimbabwe, Panama and Bolivia.
Pryle, who is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Design at the College, said: “It is a great honour to be selected by the Society of Scottish Artists to curate an exhibition at such a prestigious venue and to have the opportunity to work with some amazingly talented artists from both Britain and abroad. The artists I have selected often show quite a lot of cheek in their work, maybe working right at the edge of what is legal, but they are hoping to make some serious and heartfelt points about the society we live in, mainly how it is always possible to imagine the world working in a better way to what we currently see around us.”
Artists: Dalziel + Scullion (Scotland), Thomson & Craighead (Scotland & England), Serena Korda (England), Narda Alvarado (Bolivia), Donna Conlon (Panama), Greta Alfaro (Spain), Dan Halter (Zimbabwe) and Wermke & Leinkauf (Germany).
Mark Daniels and Sarah Cook
Mark Daniels, Director of New Media Scotland, and Sarah Cook, Associate Curator of New Media Scotland, and Dundee Fellow, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design will also curate a selection of digital works for SSA 2014.
Highlighting the artistic processes of extraction from and navigation through vast seas of data and information, this exhibition of new and existing works by contemporary artists is drawn from the alumni of New Media Scotland’s Alt-w Fund, including Chris Rowland, ~ in the fields, and others. The Alt-w Fund is for practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and applications that challenge the notions of what new media creativity can be. The fund supports artists to explore experimental and interactive practice, make use of technology as both medium and message, and recognise the changing role that digital culture has in our society.
Image (top): Greta Alfaro, In Ictu Oculi (2009), video still
Feature image on homepage: Wermke & Leinkauf, ‘Die Neonorangene Kuh‘, video still