We made a quick trip to Edinburgh on Friday night to see a performance of Moon Water by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Based on tai-chi it was a slow senuous piece enlived by water which seeps across the stage for the final scene allowing the dancers to splash and slide about, and creating powerful reflections of their movement. Overall, despite being quite magical at times the piece felt a little monotone, and wasn’t helped by the austerity of the musical accompaniment – Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello. Some of the movements also felt a little forced or awkward as the music moved at such a slow pace. There were brilliant moments however inluding a solo from one of the female dancers who stayed in the one spot in the centre of the stage with an intense focus of light intensifying her movements.
In news somewhat remote from Scotland – Dad has converted our 18 ft rowing dory into a sailing skiff to add to his portfolio of boats. I think is perfectly suited to exploring the lochs of Scotland, however its location in the wrong hemisphere could prove tricky. I enjoyed the photos from its launch day however so thought I’d post them – and if anyone wants one for themselves let me know & I’ll put you in touch 😉
We checked out Adam Green at Oran Mor a few weeks back. It was a great gig – he is totally nuts – kind of how I imagine the rat pack to be if they had access to today’s hard drugs. He obviously watches way too much pornography while creating his spun out dirty folk, as well as casually throwing in a hipster rock tune every now and then as though to show all the new rockers how easy it is.
Having attempted to show Ashley Glasgow in one day – we then packed a mini cross section of scotland into the next.
First up was our trip to St Peters seminary that I have mentioned previously. Once we had finished with the modernist ruin we headed for more typical scenic country (although not before passing the Faslane nuclear sub base). Our first stop was for a quick introduction to the Scottish culinary delicacy of the bacon roll – one of the better propents of which sits by the highway at Arrochar. this lead to a tour of the west coast sea lochs – Long, & Fyne with a quick stroll around Inverary, before we cut across to the port of Oban for lunch.
In the afternoon we followed the coast road north past islands into the highlands proper. Returning through Glencoe,snow gave way to brilliant sunshine creating a magical atmosphere.
Cutting back towards Edinburgh we retraced routes from easter through the spectacular Pertshire countryside including Killin.
We even managed a quick stop in Queensferry for the Forth Bridge and a late dinner in Leith at Diner 7 – great food with a casual atmosphere and still buzzing at 10 pm on a Sunday.
My battery ran out at St Peter’s so will post some photos when I get them from Ashley.
Our friend Ashley from Brisvegas visited us a couple of weekends ago – having scored a free trip courtesy of Her Majesty. We had hired a car for the weekend, so after a coffee from our favourite weekday haunt where the monkey sleeps, we snuck up to the school of art building (above) & the CCA, before taking off to the southside – giving Ashley a rather skewed perspective of our Glasgow.
We popped in to the Queen’s Park famer’s market, wandered about at the tramway for a bit (although there weren’t any exhibitions open as they were preparing for gi), and as the weather was holding up, (and it has a Queensland architectural connection) we took a tour to the Burrell collection, and Pollock House & gardens.
With storm clouds gathering the wonders of vehicular transport let us also squeeze in a guided tour of the new Chipperfield started/Keppie completed BBC building courtesy of Claire, very crisp inside with an impressive red sandstone “street” rising about 5 storeys up through the central atrium.
photo from GI website.
I’ve got a stack of stuff to catch up on after a few weekends away, but for now the next in my lunchtime Glasgow International investigations.
Today the CCA with the end result of last year’s highwire event. The footage itself was interesting but not all that powerful, despite the intense post rationalism of the failure the complete the walk in the booklet. Better were the enlarged negative images of the red road flats, with the path of the wire torn through the film. The presented a spectural, otherwordly view of the often derided tower blocks, which reinforced my impression of them from their starring role in the recent Scotttish film ‘Red Road’ which we watched last week.
Supporting info about the construction of the towers in the early 60’s and the slum clearances that accompanied them was also ineteresting – espcially the linen drawings and multiple references to asbestos.
Having missed all the free drinks at the various openings of the Glasgow International on Saturday due to illness, I have decided to scope out a few exhibititions at lunchtimes – the advent of spring sunshine supporting my endeavours for the moment.
First stop today was Turner nominated Jim Lambie at the often dissapointing GOMA. I was pleasantly surprised with his show ‘Forever Changes’, he has tranformed the entire space rather well, with a halucengenic striped floor covering connecting the works and showcasing the main exhibition space at GOMA in its best light. I aslo enjoyed stacks of vinyl enbeded in concrete titled sonic reducer.
One of the highlights of our mad dash across scotland with our friend Ashley last weekend was a visit to the abandoned modernist ruin of St Peter’s Seminary by the locally lauded Gillespie Kidd & Coia. Haunt of local neds, willful fire raisers, hidden glasgow photographers and Mackintosh School of Architecture disciples alike it is a powerful building in a beatutiful context, spooky in its abandonment.
We attended the first screening of the Camcorder Guerrillas new doco Deadly Cargo. Covering the secret convoys that transport nuclear warheads for servicing from Faslane, north of Glasgow down into England, on public motorways via many of the UK’s significant cities it was a timely reminder.
You can download from the guerrillas website, if you register. Or just have a look at nukewatch for more info.