Lying and Liars

1 – 3 August 2012

Events Off-Site

Summer School at Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Collective organised a unique two-day Summer School and screening event to coincide with Mick Peter's exhibition, Lying and Liars, which opened at Collective on 2 August.

The unique programme took the work of British avant-garde novelist and filmmaker B.S. Johnson as its starting point and will concentrate on the relationship between text, language and the moving image.

The school included six unique sessions; a combination of workshops, screenings and discussions, culminating in a special evening programme of film, Lying and Liars on Film, on Friday 3 August, curated by Mick Peter with writer and curator Steven Cairns. The Summer School will also included a practical writing workshop and a look at the history of text in moving image along with a session by Mick Peter. The other sessions were led by Mark Titchner, Ross Birrell, Peter Mackay and George Barber.

Ross Birrell is an artist, writer and lecturer at The Glasgow School of Art. Birrell has made several film works with David Harding including: Guantanamera 2010; Port Bou: 18 Fragments for Walter Benjamin, 2006 and Cuernavaca: A Journey in Search of Malcolm Lowry, 2006. Selected exhibitions include Living Today, Mackintosh Museum, The Glasgow School of Art, 2011; Strange Comfort, Swiss Institute Rome/Kunsthalle Basel, 2010; Under the Volcano, Bluecoat Gallery, 2009; Romantic Conceptualism, Kunsthalle Nürnberg and BAWAG Foundation Vienna, 2007; Das Gelände, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 2008; and TIMECODE, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2009.

George Barber first gained acclaim through his low-tech video pieces composed of found footage, which he deconstructed in an effort to display them as contradicting their intended purposes. Recent exhibitions and screenings include the Marc De Puechredon Gallery, Basel; Tate Britain and Tate Modern; Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; The Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool; New York Film & Video Festival; and the La Rochelle Festival, France.

Peter Mackay is originally from the Isle of Lewis. He completed a PhD Trinity College, Dublin, has lectured at Trinity on Scottish Literature, and has worked as a Research Fellow at Queen's University, Belfast. His pamphlet of poems From Another Island was published by Clutag Press in 2010; he has also written a monograph, Sorley MacLean, in 2010 and co-edited Modern Irish and Scottish Poetry in 2011. His poems have been widely published in Scotland, England and Ireland and he has worked as a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Alba.

Mark Titchner's work explores the tensions between the belief systems that inform our society, be they religious, scientific or political. He works across a range of media including digital print, wall drawing, video and sculpture; he often employs motifs taken from advertising, religious iconography, club flyers, trade union banners, and political propaganda. Mark Titchner was nominated for The Turner Prize in 2006 and has had solo exhibitions at Arnolfini, Bristol, Baltic, Gateshead, and New Art Gallery, Walsall.


Archive, Exhibitions: Mick Peter, Lying and Liars, 2 August – 30 September 2012

This is an archived programme entry.

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