Another interesting week ahead. My highlights would be the second meeting seeking to form a new social centre collective, and the Faslane double-whammy of a protest against NATO membership and the closing event for Lavinia Raccanello’s work on the peace camp.
Also, at the end of this week’s update I’ve copied a rather large though warmly received email from the politically-engaged arts group Arika. It has info about their upcoming 3-days of events that include discussions about Mass Incarceration and the Prison-Industrial Complex in the USA, a discussion about embodied politics and dance communities, a film screening featuring feminist queer and of color shorts, and a discussion about Realness and the intersections of race, gender, sex and sexuality. There will also be screenings, performances and a club night throughout the weekend.
Anyway, without further ado…
NOT PROTEST, BUT ACTIVE RESISTANCE // LAVINIA RACCANELLO
Friday, August 22 – Sunday, September 7
Nie Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street, G3 8TL.
“People have as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” – Emma Goldman
Lavinia Raccanello (1985) is an italian artist and activist, now based in Glasgow, where she was selected to be part of the Many Graduate programme 2013 – 2014. Her work always focusses on the relationship between human beings and society, with a particular emphasis on the power of dialectic and participatory practice. At the beginning of March, she moved to Faslane Peace Camp, the longest-running permanent peace camp in the world, and for her first solo exhibition at New Glasgow Society she stands up with Faslane Peace Campers for a nuclear-free Scotland.
On the closing day of the exhibition, September 7th, an open talk will be hosted in the gallery space, inviting artists, politicians, activists, and concerned citizens to come together to share their views on nuclear weapons along with their hopes for the future.
Glasgow Parkour Coaching FREE TASTER WEEK
Monday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 3 at 6:45pm
To celebrate the launch of our new website and GPC ACADEMY we will be offering our usual adult classes for FREE the first week in September.
IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME, we’ll be super happy to see you!!! You don’t need anything special, just remember to dress in loose, comfortable clothes and to bring plenty of water. If it’s cold, wear layers you can take off easily, because we’ll warm up quickly; but you don’t want to cool down too fast when you stop moving!! As for shoes, your fav running trainers is all you need. If you have several pairs, choose the lightest ones with the most flexible soles: they’ll be the best for touch and sensitivity.
Classes will meet 645pm at Kelvinbridge – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mon/Wed are outdoor adult classes and Tuesday is Women’s Only Class.
Every wondered what our Parkour classes are like, or just wanted to see if it’s a good workout? This is your opportunity to try out a class for free.
You can find out more here – http://www.glasgowparkourcoaching.com/tasterweek.html
Reforming the GSC Collective, Second Meeting
Tuesday, September 2 at 7pm – 9pm
The Electron Club room, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD
The first meeting to set up a new social centre collective was so successful we agreed right away to keep the momentum going and set a time and date for a second meeting.
We will have minutes from the last meeting and a provisional agenda for this meeting available. Feel free to contact us with add any ideas/changes in advance!
LIVE MUSIC AT SHARMANKA: ELECTROSCOPE
Thursday, September 4 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD
Exploding Asteroids: September’s First Thursday event in the Gallery sees the duo Electroscope arrive from their usual environs, somewhere in the orbit of outer dementia! Gayle Brogan and John Cavanagh prepare to unleash a wind bubble vocal vortex amidst a time cloud of undulating oscillations. In a (vaguely) Russian themed programme (well, about as Russian as Boney M’s Rasputin…). the duo will perform amidst the marvellous mechanical sculptures of Eduard Bersudsky. Once your soul has been psychedelicized, you’ll be invited to make a donation as you leave, post-performance.
Protest NATO! Protest Trident!
Friday, September 5 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Faslane Naval Base
The NATO summit will be held in Wales during the first weekend of September. Thousands of protesters will be going there. For those who can not get to Wales, the Scottish Pace Network is calling a demonstration at Faslane Naval Base for Friday, September 5 from 4-5 pm. We will have placards, but more signs and banners are welcome.
Dance For Gaza
Friday, September 5 at 9:00pm – 3:00am
Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, Merchant City, G1 1LG
I can no longer sit and watch the annihilation of the Palestinian people, by the Israeli government. It’s not enough to like and share information,
DO YOU FEEL THE SAME …………..?
LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHERE AND HOW WE CAN!
Put your money where your mouth is, come and DANCE FOR GAZA to show your support, raise funds, and awareness of the facts of the innocent people in the middle of this war and the atrocities happening right now !
Donation of £10 at the Door. includes (Automatic Entry To Raffle with FANTASTIC prizes!).
Line – Up: These amazing people giving up their free time for a cause they believe in:
Jailhousejock: Elvis Tribute Band
Jackal Trades aka Mark McG
Giving you Hip Hop, Electronica and acapella, all with interpretive dance and Scottish subtitles.
DJ Kerin: Kerin McEwing
DJ TPR William McDonald
A boy-girl DJ team from Glasgow. We bring you quality dance music for shaking your booty on the dance floor. Any genre goes, as long as it’s good music!
Groove City Radio Fundamentally House
David McGrath aka DMG (St Judes/Velvet Rooms/Blanket/Cube)
All proceeds will be sent to:
DEC Gaza Appeal
“The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.”
****Solidarity For Humanity*****
YES or NO, Scotland needs a movement for people’s democracy
Thursday, 11 September at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Online chat using Webinar – url posted on http://www.aworldtowin.net/ nearer the time
10-minute presentations by:
Gordon Asher & Leigh French, Authors, Crises Capitalism and Independence Doctrines
Steve Freeman, Republican Socialist Alliance
Penny Cole, A World to Win.
followed by an open discussion.
Glasgow Skeptics: The Next Five Years
Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA
Glasgow Skeptics has been going for five years now (and if you’ve not already RSVPed to our very special anniversary event, please do!https://www.facebook.com/events/1495028154042640/). Looking ahead to the future, we’d like to talk about the next five years.
What should skeptics care about? What should Glasgow Skeptics be doing, and what could we be doing better? Should there be more of a focus on raising public awareness? Should we focus on the evidence base for specific legislation being discussed? Are there areas that are crying out for a skeptical eye, that have so far been missed?
If you’ve never been along before, this might be the perfect time to say hello. Part open-mic night, part group discussion: come along and let us know what you want from the next five years of Glasgow Skeptics.
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.
Education as the Practice of Freedom
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ
“There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes “the practice of freedom,” the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire
Anarchists have a long and illustrious history of involvement within education, with interventions in libertarian education as notable as Ferrer’s Escuela Moderna, and the Free Skools, right through into the contemporary spaces of Social Centres. As a movement, Anarchism has historically emphasised the importance of the role of education – whether as a domesticating tool of oppression or as a prefiguring and liberating force – with a concern rarely echoed in other political perspectives.
While naturally touching on some of that history, this talk will mainly be concerned with the understanding that radicalism presents us with a fundamentally educational space, and will consider this in light of the work of Paulo Freire, among others. Though identifying outside of the specific Anarchist tradition, Freire’s work within Popular Education can be easily understood as broadly libertarian, and with implications and prospects for Anarchism.
Though the talk will highlight the role of informal education, contributions and reflections on all modes are welcome and expected in the discussion following.
Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here: https://glasgowanarchists.wordpress.com/safer-spaces/
Smashing Physics – Prof. Jon Butterworth | Glasgow Skeptics Special
Friday, September 26 at 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA
The discovery of the Higgs boson was the culmination of the largest scientific experiment ever performed, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.
But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do? How was it found? And how has its discovery changed our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature?
Jon Butterworth is a professor of physics at University College London. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group on the Atlas experiment at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider and also manages to write regularly in The Guardian, as well as taking part in other science communication.
His book, Smashing Physics: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs,was published in May 2014.
A NIGHT IN THE WILD!
Friday, September 26 – Monday, September 29
Do you have what it takes to spend a night or two sleeping rough in the wild? Take part in our sponsored camping weekend. Participants will be provided with a tent and pitch in Sallochy Woodlands. Minimum sponsorship of £50 to be raised by each participant. Maximum of 4 people to each tent. All money raised will go to charities supporting homeless people in Glasgow.
Beat the frack out of Scotland
Saturday, 27 September at 6:00pm – 3:00am
River, 260 Clyde Street, G1 4JH
Top Glasgow musicians turn out to support communities fighting back against fracking. Appearing so far: George Tucker, The Lonesome Hearts, Willie and the Poorboys, the Carlton Jugband with special guest Carola Cosimini, Nicky Murray & Chloe Rodgers, Anti-fracking busker Alexander Mccallum. Compere: the incomparable Gary Little. Entry £10 on the door or buy in advance from http://www.brownpapertickets.com
The Dark Side of the Universe – Dr Catherine Heymans | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA
Just over 95% of our universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out a cosmic battle of epic proportions. While the gravity of dark matter slowly pulls structures in the universe together, dark energy fuels the universes accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow. Catherine Heymans has used the world’s best telescopes to map out the invisible dark matter in our Universe and confront different theories on the dark universe. She will explore this dark enigma and describe where we will look next in our search for darkness. It is widely believed that in order to truely understand the dark universe we will need to invoke some new physics that will forever change our cosmic view.
Catherine Heymans is a Reader in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, a European Research Council Fellow and a member of the Young Academy of Scotland. She specialises in observing the dark side of our Universe and co-leads the European Southern Observatory KiDS analysis team, using deep sky observations to test whether we need to go beyond Einstein with our current theory of gravity. Since completing her PhD at Oxford University in 2003, Catherine has held fellowships from the Max-Planck Institute and the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. When she is not busy unveiling the mysteries of the Universe or enthusiastically lecturing undergraduates, she can usually be found building sandcastles and paddling in the sea with her three small children.
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 uses.
EPISODE 6: MAKE A WAY OUT OF NO WAY
A 3-day exploration, through performance, screenings and discussion, of the art and politics of wayward communities who refuse to be bound by the fictions of race and sex.
Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way is about working class American dance (Krumping,Voguing), black poetry, queer counter-publics, cultural history and theology, ballroom & house music. It is in conversation with communities who challenge the prison industrial complex and who organise in the face of multiple oppressions. It features a queer operatic requiem, the greatest film in the African-American canon, and counter canonical impulses at the dawn of a singular black cinema. It is about the noise of black and/or queer sociality. And it asks whether it is possible for communities, even while so constrained, to practice being somewhere else – practically, socially and aesthetically making a way out of what is at hand and rehearsing in anticipation of what is to come.
“Waywardness is the refusal to be governed. It is the next phase of the general strike, the flight from the plantation and refusal of slavery and the demeaning conditions of work, this time it happens in the slum. It is a social experiment and an effort to elaborate new forms of existence.” Saidiya Hartman
Friday 26 Sept
Waywardness – Saidiya Hartman
The wayward create upheavals and incite tumult. They come and go as they please; they are riotous; they are itinerant and never settle; they are fugitive; they are excessive rather than efficient, they are in open rebellion against society. Saidiya’s keenly affecting and poetic writing is some of the most influential cultural criticism in America today, deeply concerned with the mental and physical traces bodies accumulate as they manoeuvre between terror and pleasure, power and flight.
Killer of Sheep – Dir: Charles Burnett, USA, 1977, 87 mins
Killer of Sheep is an undisputed masterpiece of African-American filmmaking. Filmed in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Watts Riots, with the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, it is one of the major films of the L.A. Rebellion. The film makes visible the struggle undertaken by black communities as they improvise themselves in relation to social conditions that seek to habituate depression and desensitization. It explores a space of numbing labour and insidiously enforced brutality – but also one of play, humour and love.
Make a Way Out of No Way: Club – MikeQ, Miss Prissy, Kia Labeija and the Legendary Pony Zion Garçon – Stereo
In which the crown prince of modern ballroom music, a master and rising star or Vogue, the Queen of Krump and hopefully you explore whether the club a world within a world? Can it be a space in which we can organise our bodies, our selves differently? Is it a space in which we might still be able to dance our way out of the time-traps and identity prisons we are locked in? What happens if we think of house music or social dance forms as ways to organize our bodies in relation to this quote from the Krumper Dragon – “most people think: they’re just a bunch of rowdy, ghetto, heathen thugs. No, what we are is oppressed”?
Saturday 27 Sept
Fugitivity and Waywardness – Saidiya Hartman and Fred Moten
What are the politics of the wayward or fugitive, of self-defence, self-organisation and flight? What can we learn from runaway slaves, maroon societies and the underground railway, from queer counter-publics and from waywardness in Glasgow today? Fred is one of the great poets, educators and theorists of blackness and fugitivity. Saidiya’s book Scenes of Subjection is one of the most telling contributions to current black thought.
Touching the Imperceptible – Kara Keeling and Arthur Jafa
A performed constellation of voices and filmic fragments that might variously be about slipping into darkness or the (im)possibilities of being black…about cinematic, queer and black world-making and the similarities and differences therein…about Instagram and the acinematic… Kara Keeling is a leading thinker on what queer and/or black film might be, or become. Arthur Jafa is the most inventive, talkative improviser of the cinematic we’ve ever met.
Speculum Orum: Shackled to the Dead – M Lamar
Drawing on negro spirituals, Marion Williams, opera and Leontyne Price, M Lamar’s performances slide between noise and music, pain and truth. A 75-minute requiem that asks us to stay in the hold of the slave ship and that tries to understand the connection from the slave ship to the prison. Including movements from M Lamar’s “Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche” – an imprisoned black man’s reflections on his life sentenced to death for killing his male overseer and lover.
You’ve Never Seen Pain Expressed Like This – Miss Prissy, the Legendary Pony Zion Garçon, Kia Labeija and Danielle Goldman
A freestyle performed conversation for bodies and voices – on how Black, working class and queer dance is a way of moving in tight spaces and giving shape to oneself, of practicing and being ready for freedom. What’s political about American black, working class dance styles like Krump and Vogue? Do they practice moving in two worlds at the same time? With the Queen of Krump, the master of Vogue Femme Dramatics, the rising star of Vogue Women’s Performance and Danielle Goldman, writer on dance as politics.
Sunday 28 Sept
Workshop with Miss Prissy and Glasgow Open Dance School
A movement-based workshop on Krump and the politics of how we teach, learn and listen with our bodies.
From Subjection to Subjection – Reina Gossett, Saidiya Hartman and Charlene Sinclair
How are categories of race, sex, sexuality, gender and class mobilised to criminalise communities and create and maintain such carceral spaces? And how are people organising in realisation that it is not enough to work to reform the system, but that the system itself is the problem? Reina Gossett is Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women. Saidiya Hartman is a leading cultural critic. Charlene Sinclair is the Director of Centre for Race, Religion and Economic Democracy.
Dreams Are Colder Than Death – Dir: Arthur Jafa, USA, 2014, 52 mins
Using a range of tactics that resist the white cinematic gaze, Arthur Jafa’s most recent film asks what it means to be black in America in the 21st century. Grounded not in sequence but in the interrelation of a constellation of voices, bodies and images, the film maps out black relationships with early and frequent death, with violence, with fantasy, with love and with memory, assembled from interviews with Charles Burnett, Hortense Spillers, Saidiya Hartman, Portia Jordan and Storyboard P.
Realness – Icon Ayana Christian, Legendary Co-Founder Michael Roberson Garçon, Reina Gossett, Fred Moten and Charlene Sinclair
What is at stake in the performance of realness and the practice of passing, and how are they both acts of survival and resistance? Black, queer and trans bodies tell stories. Often they are multilingual – talking to numerous cultures, telling many stories simultaneously. Portraying a sense of ‘realness’, conforming to a set of socially prescribed norms so that you can walk streets safely, is self-defence. Ayana Christian and Michael Garçon are both leaders in the Ballroom community.
Mutual Instruments – Fred Moten and Miss Prissy
What might be the capacity to feel through others, for others to feel through you – what is the feel for feeling others feeling you? How might you un-sensationalize yourself? How does the voice or the body remember having been moved by others, with others? How might it feel at ease with the fugitive, at peace with the pursued, at rest with the ones who consent not to be one? Can our favourite Vegas-born poet of prophetic blackness and a South Central transmuter of social rage into beauty feel through each other?
Ticket Info – £4 Friday Evening Pass, £4 Friday Club Ticket, £6 Saturday or Sunday Day Pass, £14 Festival Pass
Hope to see you in September!