You wait ages for an update then two come in quick succession… well, we accidentally missed a few events from the last update (even the Anarchist Black Cross prisoner/detainee letter writing workshop that we are helping put on – check it out), and next week’s update may be delayed, so better now then never ;)
Unthunk Journal: Issue 1 Launch
Saturday, February 14 at 12:15pm, moving off at 12:30pm
Meet at the back entrance to St. Enoch’s Underground before heading to St Portland Street suspension bridge – on the Clyde St side
To coincide with the launch of our first issue, Unthunk is excited to announce we will be hosting two workshops focusing on interacting with the city environment.
These workshops will be delivered by two local artists, whose work will allow participants to engage with urban space in different ways. Workshops will be hosted with each issue launch bringing a practical experience to sit alongside what is the theory and print of the journal.
This issue’s workshops will be devised and lead by David Banks and Kel Glaister.
WORKSHOP INFORMATION: David Banks: (details coming soon)
Kel Glaister: Allegorical Training (more details coming soon)
ARTISTS: Hailing from Aberdeen in the North East Coast of Scotland David Banks is a Glasgow based artist who’s work ranges from site-specific performance to Parkour coaching and design work. His work examines notions of self and environment and draws attention to the microcosms of daily lives that compose the grand spectacle of the everyday.
David makes devised and collaborative work in response to the world we live in, using both his own personal experiences and the experiences of others to create unique spectacles and enrich communities through access to the arts.
Kel Glaister is a visual artist from Melbourne, Australia, currently studying at the Glasgow School of Art. She began working in sculpture and with objects, many years ago. Since then, her practice has lurched and swollen to include curating, writing, performing and collaborating widely. Kel is also a traceuse and parkour coach.
N.B. These workshops will be hosted outside and will involve some movement. Please dress accordingly (warm and comfortable).
Kari Robertson – ‘Ohmage’
February 12 – March 21
SWG3 Gallery, 100 Eastvale Place, G3 8QG
Kari Robertson’s films and sculptures explore the relationship between sound and image in an age of immaterial labour and semio-capital. Much of her recent work has focused on how technology has affected the way that we interact and the vernacular created. The exhibition at SWG3 Gallery takes Jean-Luc Godard’s 1970 film ‘British Sounds’ as a point of departure for three new film and video commissions. In his polemic Godard proposes that the image as a medium is completely corrupted by capital and has no revolutionary potential, instead focusing on sound.
What Would Darwin Say to Today’s Creationists? – Dr Eugenie Scott | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, February 16 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA
A Darwin Day talk for Glasgow Skeptics.
Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young-Earth creationism, on the other hand, would be puzzling to him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had its adherents among some clergy. Darwin might have heard of the “scriptural geologists” who promoted a young-Earth view during the 19th century, but like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them.
The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time. And of course, having attended a fine Scottish university, internationally renowned for its science, Darwin would have followed closely the recent effort to prevent the teaching of creationism in school science classes.
Eugenie Scott, a former university professor, served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) from 1987 to 2014; she now serves as the chair of NCSE’s Advisory Council. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years.
She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups. She holds nine honorary degrees, from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Chapman University.
A dynamic speaker, she offers stimulating and thought-provoking as well as entertaining lectures and workshops. Scott is the author of Evolution vs Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of “Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools”.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.
Mono and Ladyfest Glasgow present: CAL FOLGER DAY + HAUSFRAU + CHRISSY BARNACLE + GRIMALKIN555
Monday, February 16 at 7:30pm
Mono Cafe Bar 10-12 King’s Court, King Street, G1 5RB
Mono and Ladyfest Glasgow present:
Cal Folger Day
with support from
Hausfrau + Chrissy Barnacle + grimalkin555
£ = donations on entry
Glasgow ABC: Letter Writing Workshop
Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
Find out why writing letters to prisoners and detainees is important, and get tips on how to write a good letter.
Free food & refreshments provided. Donations of stationary, money or stamps all gladly welcomed. BYOS – Bring Your Own Stamp!
Beyond Food Banks? Growing a Food Justice Movement in Scotland
Saturday, February 28 at 10:00am – 4:00pm
The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU (opposite Govan underground)
Hunger has returned to Scotland and the UK. The number of people accessing food banks and other forms of emergency food aid has increased, the impact of welfare reform is being felt strongly, and food prices have risen.
In this context, we invite you to a one-day conference exploring food poverty and how we can work together to grow a movement to eliminate it. Some of the ground we hope to cover will include:
• Food banks are an important response to the crisis, and volunteers working in them are making an outstanding contribution to their communities. How did the need for food banks increase so drastically, and how can we avoid normalising emergency food aid as a voluntary safety net?
• Communities and individuals who are at risk of food poverty are well-placed to lead their own responses to it and are experts in their own experience. Could community-led responses be a key part of increasing food security: initiatives such as local food hubs, community shops, food co-operatives and community gardens & allotments?
• How can we move from meeting immediate needs to campaigning to change the systems that create these needs, towards food justice, in which the human right to food and health is combined with sustainable food production, education and employment? Are there good examples of how to achieve this?
• Our food system is not sustainable, with unhealthy food widely advertised and consumed leading to costly public health problems. How can we make the transition to an ecologically and socially just food system?
The partners involved in organising this event are the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council, Faith in Community Scotland, and the Centre for Human Ecology.
Weegies Against the Work Capability Assessment (WCA)
Monday, March 2 at 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Corunna House, 29 Cadogan Street, Glasgow, G2 7RD
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) national day of action against Maximus inc who have taken over the DWP contract for the work capability assessment from ATOS. same building, same staff, same assessment, same humiliation of disabled people. Join Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights & others to give a proper weegie "welcome" to Maximus who will be paid between £590m and £650m of tax payers money over three years to frighten & humiliate disabled people. They plan to reduce the number of Doctors & replace them with occupational therapist to carry out the WCA that has already been condemned by the British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing & others as a flawed assessment tool that is detrimental to patients well being. Disability campaigners here unearthed a stream of problems with Maximus contracts in the US. In 2000, an audit showed Maximus had billed the state of Wisconsin almost $500,000 since 1997 in improper or questionable expenses; the company paid back $500,000 and made another payment of $500,000 as a show of good faith. In 2007, the company settled a Medicaid fraud lawsuit – centring on whether it falsified tens of millions of dollars of Medicaid claims – with a payment of $30.5m. Join us lets make maximus regret taking this blood money from our government & send them packing as we did with ATOS.
For Cultural Purposes Only & Introduction To The End Of An Argument
Wednesday March 4 at 7:00pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
For Cultural Purposes Only
In an age dominated by the moving image what would it feel like to never see an image of the place that you came from?The Palestinian Film Archive, containing over 100 films showing the daily life and struggle of the Palestinian people, was lost in the Israeli siege of Beirut in 1982. Here interviewees describe from memory key moments from the history of Palestinian cinema. These scenes are drawn and animated. Where film survives, the artist’s impressions are corroborated. This is a film about reconstruction and the idea that cinema is an expression of cultural identity– that cinema fuels memory. Dir Sarah Wood UK 2009, 8mins more information
Introduction To The End Of An Argument
With a combination of Hollywood, European and Israeli film footage, documentary, news coverage and ‘live’ reportage shot in the West Bank and Gaza strip, the film critiques representations of the Middle East, Arab culture, and the Palestinian people produced by the West with an oddly wry narrative that mimicks the history of Middle East politics. Dir. Jayce Salloum/ Elia Suleiman Canada 1990, 45mins more information
Part of WORLDSCREEN : Palestine
A new, monthly film series produced by camcorder guerrillas and Document International Human Rights Film Festival. The first season of six screenings – January-June 2015 – is dedicated to Palestine. All screenings are free but ticketed. Suggested donation £4.
LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: GIG THIEF?
Thursday, March 5 at 8:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD
For our March First Thursday event, we’re joined by improvisation trio Gig Thief? who will play amidst Eduard Bersudsky’s marvellous mechanical sculptures. This lineup began in July 2012 and comprises Sam (vocals etc.), Matt (guitar etc.), and Gregor (keys etc.) who had been friends and musical collaborators at school in Edinburgh. They have improvised for ‘City Glimpses’, an internet-streamed dance project in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013, and performed at Forest Cafe. Playing at Sharmanka will be their third public outing.
This show will begin shortly after Sharmanka’s own 7pm performance has concluded, so a little after eight.
Donations will be collected from audience members after Gig Thief? have played.
LEELAH’S LAW SOLIDARITY MARCH | GLASGOW
Saturday, March 7 at 10:00am
Meeting at the Buchanan Street Steps / Donald Dewar Statue
This march is in memory of Leelah Alcorn herself, with the intent of making sure her final words and wishes are heard. This is a call to enact "Leelah’s Law", which would ban the practice of so-called "transgender conversion therapy" in the United States. This is also in support of transgender individuals of all ages and is a call for information on transgender and gender non-conforming identities to be taught compassionately and appropriately in schools from an early age.
This event is being organized by members of the transgender community and allies working together, and in conjunction with the LGBTQI+ societies of the University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University. The Queen Margaret Union of the University of Glasgow will be sending representatives to the march and have offered us space for organising. The Scottish Transgender Alliance will be participating in the march, and the event will include some speaking from member Becky Kent.
March of Women
Saturday, March 7 at 2:00pm
Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy Street, G40 1BP
On the eve of International Women’s Day, we will march from Glasgow Women’s Library to Glasgow Green as a procession to celebrate the achievements of Scottish women from past and present.
This is a public art event and everyone is welcome to join us and take part.
Find out more about March of Women here: http://womenslibrary.org.uk/discover-our-projects/march-of-women/
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